In locations throughout the country, the American Medical Association is partnering with the YMCA to increase the number of physicians screening for prediabetes and referring at-risk patients to local diabetes prevention programs.
Currently, there are four pilot sites--Indianapolis, Ind., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., Venice, Fla., and Wilmington, Del. A fifth location will be announced in the coming weeks. As part of the pilot program, physicians agree to screen patients for prediabetes and refer eligible patients to participate in the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program. It is modeled after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Diabetes Prevention Program that provides participants with 16 weeks of education on healthy eating and physical activity from a trained lifestyle coach as well as peer and goal-setting support.
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