November 16, 2018
Boulder County Area Agency on Aging receives full CDC Recognition for Diabetes Prevention Program
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month
Boulder County, Colo. - The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, a division of the Community Services Department, recently received the highest level of recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for their Diabetes Prevention Program. This innovative and effective program supports older adults who have a prediabetes diagnosis. Through classroom work with other prediabetics and one-to-one counseling, this program helps people engage in healthier behaviors and lose 5% of their weight, which is proven to help prevent Type 2 Diabetes. This recognition shows that the Diabetes Prevention Program has passed rigorous CDC evaluation, and allows the AAA to receive funds from Medicare for the program.
November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans. About 25% of Americans 60 and older have diabetes. Those with diabetes are at risk for long-term problems affecting the heart, brain, eyes, kidneys, feet, and nerves. The AAA promotes diabetes prevention and management with the National Diabetes Prevention Program, Healthier Living Diabetes Self- Management Workshops (bilingual), East County Diabetes Education and Support Group, Community Nutrition Education (bilingual) and personal one-to-one sessions with a registered dietitian/nutritionist (bilingual).