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Diabetes Prevention Program Anniversary


June 11, 2018

Contact:   Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
                  Andrea Groom, Vice President of Communications, St. Peter’s Health, 406-444-2154
                  Jenna Cederberg, Marketing and Community Relations Specialist, St. Peter’s Health, (406) 447-2743
                  Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

DPHHS, St. Peter’s Health to celebrate 10th anniversary of the Diabetes Prevention Program

St. Peter’s Health one of four original Montana sites

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and St. Peter’s Health are hosting a 10th anniversary celebration of the state’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) on Tuesday, June 12 at 10 a.m.

The event will take place at St. Peter’s Health Education Center. It will include remarks from Lt. Gov Mike Cooney, DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan, St. Peter’s Health CEO Wade Johnson, diabetes prevention program staff and participants.

St. Peter’s Health is one of over 30 DPP sites in Montana that receives funding from the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). The program helps persons at high risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, such as stroke and heart attack.

The St. Peter’s Health program is called Inch by Inch, is one of four sites that launched in 2008 and has served about 1,200 people. The other three original sites are Community Medical Center (Missoula), St. Vincent Healthcare (Billings) and Holy Rosary Healthcare (Miles City).

The DPP is an intensive lifestyle change program. Trained lifestyle coaches use a curriculum focused on sustainable nutrition, physical activity and behavior change. The average participant age is 54 years old.

More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

Since 2008, nearly 9,000 Montanans have participated in the program, including over 500 Medicaid beneficiaries since 2011.

Program goals include self-monitoring nutrition and physical activity, achieving appropriate fat gram intake, increasing moderate to intense physical activity to 150 minutes or more per week and reducing body weight by 5 to 7%. The evidence-based program reduces the risk for developing diabetes by 58% over three years and by 34% over 10 years after participating in the program.

Who: Lt. Governor Mike Cooney; DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan; St. Peter’s Health CEO Wade Johnson, Diabetes Prevention Program staff and participants.
What: Diabetes Prevention Program 10th Anniversary
When: Tuesday, June 12, 10 a.m.
Where: St. Peter’s Health Education Center (Use Main Entrance located off Winne Avenue)