Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management



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Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management


March 26, 2012

NYHealth is committed to reaching and supporting people with diabetes and those at risk in the communities where they live, work, and worship.

Through a partnership with NYHealth grantee The Institute for Leadership, the NYHealth Diabetes Campaign’s Faith Fights Diabetes initiative is helping congregations across the State launch diabetes prevention and management programs.

Volunteers from congregations are trained as community health workers (CHWs) to teach a six-week diabetes detection and prevention program at their place of worship. Class topics include risk factors, nutrition, fitness activities, and other healthy lifestyle choices. At the end of the program, participants are encouraged to take these lessons back to their families and communities and to start their own support groups.

This video on the Faith Fights Diabetes initiative shares the stories and experiences of CHWs and participants from across the State.