Thursday, August 13, 2015

Norman, OK– Norman Regional’s Diabetes Prevention Program has become the first in Oklahoma to achieve full recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The American Association of Diabetes Educators, announced today that Norman Regional’s Diabetes Prevention Program obtained “Full Recognition” through The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP).

“Participants of our Diabetes Prevention program can be confident that they are receiving an excellent quality experience because our lifestyle coaches are certified for this program,” said Teresa Brown, Certified Diabetes Educator and Supervisor of Norman Regional’s Diabetes and Nutritional Education Center. “Additionally, our coaches adhere to evidence-based practices and must monitor and maintain certain performance standards in order to achieve recognition from the CDC.”

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 DPRP collects and analyzes data to decide whether the sites meet the National DPP recognition programs standards, therefore demonstrating effective delivery of the proven program to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Norman Regional 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. According to Diabetes Care, “the highly successful lifestyle intervention…resulted in a 58% reduction in the incidence rate of diabetes.”

DPRP Full Recognition markers include attendance rates above 80%, weight loss of greater than 5% and physical activity minutes reported at least 60% of the time over the course of the yearlong program.

“Achieving Full Recognition Status for our Diabetes Prevention Program demonstrates our educators' perseverance towards a worthy goal, excellence in their professional skills, and above all, their dedication to provide a great service to our community,” Brown said.

About the National DPP Program
The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes. The year-long program helps participants make real lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, including physical activity into their daily lives, and improving problem-solving and coping skills. This proven program can help people with prediabetes and/or at risk for type 2 diabetes make achievable and realistic lifestyle changes and cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

About AADE and AADE DPP network
Founded in 1973, AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education. With more than 14,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients. Collectively, our alliances, member practitioner networks, and academic partners uniquely position AADE at the locus of change for the future treatment of diabetes. To learn more go to: www.diabeteseducator.org. The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) was selected to be one of 6 national organizations to receive the CDC’s NDPP grant in September 2012. AADE was chosen to help implement the National DPP based on our vast network of diabetes educators and existing diabetes education programs, and potential to expand the DPP.