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CDC Awards Grant to Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to Expand National Program to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

  CDC Awards Grant to Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to Expand
  National Program to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

     Grant to help expand reach of award-winning, evidence-based Diabetes
           Prevention Program in Colorado, Tennessee and Washington

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MINNETONKA, Minn. -- November 09, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded UnitedHealth
Group’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance (DPCA) a grant to expand the
reach of the DPCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

The DPCA is a community-based initiative aimed at tackling the epidemic of
type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. The DPCA will expand the CDC-led National
Diabetes Prevention Program in Colorado, Tennessee and Washington.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is an innovative lifestyle coaching
program. It is conducted in a group setting through community organizations
that helps people with prediabetes and who are at high risk for developing
type 2 diabetes make healthy lifestyle changes and reduce the risk of
developing type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent. These changes include healthy
eating, increased physical activity and other lifestyle choices. The program
is modeled after the Diabetes Prevention Program, a research study led by the
National Institutes of Health and supported by the CDC.

The DPCA currently offers the National Diabetes Prevention Program through
local YMCAs and community health centers in 73 markets in 31 states.

The grant is being awarded through the 2012 Prevention and Public Health Fund
cooperative agreement, which is part of a national effort to reduce chronic
disease including the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes. CDC awarded $6.7
million to six organizations, including the DPCA, to expand the reach of the
National Diabetes Prevention Program.

“Diabetes is taking a devastating toll on the health and financial resources
of our country,” said Deneen Vojta, M.D., senior vice president of
UnitedHealth Group and chief clinical officer of the DPCA. “The CDC’s grant
enables us to help more people prevent type 2 diabetes and its deadly
complications and empower them to take control of their health.”

There are nearly 26 million American adults with diabetes – 90 percent or more
of them with the often preventable form, type 2 diabetes. Another 79 million
Americans – more than a third of the adult population – have prediabetes, a
condition of elevated blood sugar that often leads to type 2 diabetes within a
few years.

It is expected that diabetes will cost the country about $226 billion this
year, accounting for an estimated 10 percent of total health care spending,
and will grow to $512 billion annually by 2021.

If current trends continue, more than half of all Americans will have diabetes
or prediabetes by 2020, according to an analysis from the UnitedHealth Center
for Health Reform & Modernization.

CDC funds will be used to:

  *support intervention costs, participant and community outreach, and
    staffing, including recruiting and training nearly 40 lifestyle coaches to
    lead classes and supplement coaches already trained in the National
    Diabetes Prevention Program, to support enrollment at new sites;
  *add an estimated 13 new organizations to host Diabetes Prevention Program
    classes, including Federally Qualified Health Centers working with
    Medicaid beneficiaries in Tennessee;
  *build partnerships with businesses and insurers to provide long-term
    financial support for National Diabetes Prevention Program classes as a
    covered health benefit for employees and their families, and to establish
    reimbursement criteria that rewards successful programs;
  *advise and assist organizations in following CDC evidence-based standards
    for the National Diabetes Prevention Program. These standards ensure
    program participants have the best chance for success making lifestyle
    changes regardless of where they participate in the program.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is based on research led by the
National Institutes of Health and supported by CDC, which showed that people
with prediabetes could reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by
making modest lifestyle changes that resulted in a 5- to 7-percent weight loss
(about 10-14 pounds for a 200-pound person). Those changes included choosing
healthier foods and increasing physical activity to at least 150 minutes a
week.

The DPCA was launched in April 2010 through a partnership with UnitedHealth
Group, the YMCA and retail pharmacies. The two core programs, Diabetes
Prevention Program and the Diabetes Control Program, are available at no
out-of-pocket cost to participants enrolled in employer-provided health
insurance plans in select markets through UnitedHealthcare and Medica. The
Alliance is expanding with new partners and entering new markets every year.

About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company
dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work
better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a
broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms:
UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services;
and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services.
Through its businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 75 million people
worldwide. For more information visit UnitedHealth Group at
www.unitedhealthgroup.com.

Contact:

UnitedHealth Group
Lynne High, 952-979-5861
Lynne_m_high@uhc.com
 
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