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What is the University of Utah CDC-National Diabetes Prevention Program?
A study done by the Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group in 2002 showed that type 2 diabetes can be prevented in adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes by making moderate lifestyle changes. Since that time, numerous studies have shown over and over again that lifestyle modification prevents diabetes. As a result, the Center for Disease Control created a National Diabetes Prevention Program that is modeled after the original study and the University of Utah with the collaboration of the College of Health and Health Sciences started running this program in January 2015 for university employees who are at high risk of type 2 diabetes.The University of Utah will be rolling out this 12-month science-based education and lifestyle modification training program every three to four months. Learn about healthy food choices, build physical activity into your life and decrease your risk of diabetes. People who have been diagnosed with diabetes are not eligible for this program. Please check into: Healthy Body Healthy Heart as an alternative.Type 2 diabetes affects nearly 29 million people in the US today. But that is only the tip of the iceberg, because pre-diabetes affects nearly 86 million people in the US. Pre-diabetes is when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet to meet criteria for diabetes. People who have pre-diabetes are at risk for diabetes.How can you tell if you have pre-diabetes?
Take this quiz now. If you score nine or higher, you are eligible for the UU NDPP.If your score is below 9 but you can answer yes to one or both of these questions, you are eligible for the UU NDPP.
A. You have had a blood test indicating you have pre-diabetes in the last 12 months.
B. You are a woman with a history of gestational diabetes.
1. If you are eligible, and you want to join a program that will help you learn more about decreasing your risk for diabetes, go here. Select NDPP from the drop-down list, click “search courses,” choose a class from the list of options, click “register” and fill out your information.The program is available for a fee of $90 to University of Utah faculty and staff, University of Utah hospital and clinic employees and family members who are at risk for diabetes. Participants must be 18. The next group of classes will roll out in September 2015.

2. Make your payment for your class here.
Class size is limited to 14 participants.

Watch this video to learn about Phase I of our program. Phase II will be starting mid-September 2015 and will have a new video soon. Stay tuned.

Employees participating in the University’s WellU program can receive participation credit for the plan year, beginning July 2015, by participating in this program. Employees participating in the University’s WellNOW program can also use participation in this program as a qualifying event. Ask for details when you sign up for this program. As before, family members do not receive participation credits but are still welcome to participate in the program.


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A new study in the “Journal of Clinical Oncology” found that people who had more than one serving of citrus juice or fruit a day had a higher risk for developing melanoma. So, should you pass on the second glass of juice? Click here to find out.

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For more expert health news and information, visit healthcare.utah.edu/healthfeed.



Are you wondering if cancer runs in your family? The Family Cancer Assessment Clinic at Huntsman Cancer Institute is here to help with answers to some frequently asked questions. The FCAC identifies and helps families who have an increased risk for cancer.

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