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Why Refer to a Lifestyle Change Program?

CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs have been proven to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. But why should you be the one to refer patients?

Reasons to Refer Your Patients

Your patients listen to you. 
Research shows that patients are more likely to engage in preventive health behaviors when their health care professional recommends them. 

Referring patients to a diabetes prevention lifestyle change program is a recommended practice.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, nonfederal panel of public health and prevention experts, recommends combined diet and physical activity promotion programs—like CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs—for people at increased risk of type 2 diabetes based on strong evidence of effectiveness in reducing new-onset diabetes. Read the recommendation.

The program is widely available and may be a covered benefit for your patients. 
CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs are available in health care clinics, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, pharmacies, wellness centers, worksites, cooperative extension offices, university-based continuing education programs, and other places throughout the community. Patients can also choose an online program.

Many employers and insurers offer the lifestyle change program as a covered benefit. Patients should check with their insurer or employer to see if the program is covered.


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