Louisville, Ky. – The American Association of Diabetes Educators recently announced that Saint Joseph Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has obtained “Full Recognition” for its Diabetes Prevention Program through The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP).
The CDC’s DPRP is a key component of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, a yearlong, evidence-based lifestyle change program that reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes for adults. The lifestyle intervention program has “resulted in a 58 percent reduction in the incidence rate of diabetes,” among more than 1,000 participants, according to Diabetes Care.
In earning its “full recognition,” Saint Joseph Hospital has demonstrated its capacity to deliver a quality program and support individuals with prediabetes in making achievable and realistic lifestyle changes that help to cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
“There are nearly 290,000 adults in Kentucky with prediabetes and with this program, we are able to help those individuals make simple lifestyle changes to reduce their chances of getting the disease and drastically reduce that statistic,” said Dana Graves, MSN, RN, CDE, manager of diabetes and nutrition care at KentuckyOne Health.
The DPRP collects and analyzes data to decide whether hospital facilities meet the National DPP recognition programs standards. DPRP Full Recognition markers include attendance rates above 80 percent, weight loss of greater than five percent and physical activity minutes reported at least 60 percent of the time over the course of the yearlong program.