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Decide & Act: Strategies to Prevent Obesity & Diabetes

According to the CDC, 70% of adult Tennesseans are overweight or obese. Workers that are overweight or have obesity have increased risks of serious diseases, including diabetes. Three times the number of people diagnosed with diabetes have pre-diabetes. Without lifestyle changes, most people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes in 5-6 years.  Therefore, it is essential that employers deploy programs that have a proven track-record of preventing or delaying conversion to type 2 diabetes such as The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP).

What is the National DPP?

  • Can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by 58%.
  • Offers a full year of support to achieve and maintain lifestyle changes.
  • Is built on a CDC- required curriculum grounded in proven lifestyle change approaches.
  • Requires recognized providers to adhere to CDC’s scientific standards and outcomes monitoring.
  • Can be offered through different modalities (e.g., in-person, online, etc.)
  • Produces a three-year ROI of approximately $8,000 compared to a program cost of approximately $500.

Decide and Act!

Take the following four steps to determine if the National DPP is right for you and to implement the program. Details for each step are available here . Tools, templates, resources are available here.

Assess Readiness: Take the readiness assessments, Part 1 and Part 2; use the Employer ROI Calculator; estimate your budget using the template.

Prepare Case for Coverage: Use the Case for Coverage templates and resources to create a compelling case; determine internal decision makers.

Plan the Benefit: Engage internal team to plan, design, and implement program ; set program goals, including key metrics to evaluate success.

Assess Success/Scalability: Create a balanced scorecard using metrics from Stage 4 in the Case for Coverage; if conducting a pilot, evaluate scalability.

Learn from Employers Who Have Had Successful Implementations

Memphis Business Group on Health and HealthCare 21 Business Coalition recently convened a panel of Tennessee employers who have successfully implemented the National DPP. See the panel discussion at Key themes include:

  • To better ensure participation, offer the program at no cost to the employee.
  • Employers are utilizing TPA partner vendors (such as Omada, Livongo) for the program instead of directly contracting with National DPP vendor.
  • Virtual program delivery is the mode of choice with positive results, and you can consider supplementing virtual with in-person for employees that prefer that mode.
  • Programs offer outcomes-based pricing models.
  • Employers drive engagement by offering multiple enrollment campaigns throughout the year.
  • Employee testimonials create increased program engagement.

See best practice tips from the CDC and National Association of Chronic Disease Directors for securing meaningful employee engagement at . Key themes include:

  • Tailor program design to meet employee preferences and needs.
  • Identify the right employees to participate.
  • Work closely with vendors to execute and monitor engagement.
  • Cultivate champions (leadership and participants).
  • Plan for and deliver regular diabetes prevention messaging.
  • Consider incentives similar to other wellness offerings.

Check out the entire Feb. 9 employer webinar at

Click here for webinar slides

Memphis and west Tennessee employers interested in learning more about the National DPP and opportunities to participate in this special project, please contact [email protected]

Middle and east Tennessee employers interested in learning more contact [email protected]

Funding for this article was made possible, in part, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written meeting materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Posted by Cristie Travis at 1:08 PM

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