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San Joaquin County aims to reduce diabetes

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Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2013 12:00 am

As part of ongoing collaborative efforts to reduce the impact of chronic diseases, obesity and diabetes in San Joaquin County, Public Health Services has been granted funding from Health Plan of San Joaquin and Sierra Health Foundation to develop and offer a new, innovative and interactive diabetes prevention program that will be facilitated by trained peer health educators.

The goal of the DiPPEP pilot is to decrease Type 2 diabetes rates by locally addressing chronic disease issues using appropriate cultural approaches.

Trained peer educators will conduct a free series of three classes at locations in the community. Participants will learn about strategies to prevent diabetes and skills to improve their nutrition and physical activity that will help maintain their health and reduce their risks of Type 2 diabetes.

PHS is collaborating with parish nurses at St. Joseph’s Medical Center to recruit and train 13 lay health educators who will each receive a stipend for working with a group of “at-risk” peers and community members to address the issues involved in preventing diabetes.

Since statistics indicate that Hispanics and blacks are at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, they will be the main target groups of this project, and the classes will be conducted in both Spanish and English. Qualifying “at-risk” participants will be those who self-identify as being at risk for diabetes.

The peer educators will use the “Road to Health,” a tested and approved curriculum by the National Diabetes Education Program from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

For more information, please call the PHS DiPPEP program at 209-468-8637.

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