Cone Health to Use Grant to Prevent Diabetes
Program will triple the number of participants in Alamance and Rockingham counties.
More people will be able to stave off diabetes thanks to a grant to Cone Health’s Nutrition and Diabetes Education Services and Healthy Communities. The $75,140 grant will triple the number of participants in the Cone Health Diabetes Prevention Program.
The grant comes from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina as part of a $5 million statewide initiative. Cone Health will use the money to increase the number of people it serves in Alamance and Rockingham counties.
“Our program reaches out to the underserved, underinsured and uninsured, who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes,” says Rosalynne Lopez, nutrition and diabetes education services manager, Cone Health. “With this grant, we can provide incentives to encourage participants to continue attending the yearlong program and even provide gas vouchers and childcare assistance - removing two of the common barriers we see when it comes to attendance.”
According to BCBS, 53,000 people in North Carolina are diagnosed with diabetes each year. About 2.6 million adults live with prediabetes. Without lifestyle changes, many of those diagnosed with prediabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes. The Cone Health Diabetes Prevention Program is based on a CDC recognized program that has been shown to prevent the progression of diabetes by 58%.
People in Alamance and Rockingham counties who are interested in learning more about preventing diabetes should contact the Cone Health Nutrition and Diabetes Education Services Center at 336-832-3236, or visit coneheath.com/diabetes.