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Program aims to raise diabetes awareness

Patrick Varine

In the United States, about one in every 11 people has diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

It is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations in adults, and a leading cause of heart disease and strokes, making March 26 — the American Diabetes Association’s Alert Day — that much more important.

“ADA Alert Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the impact that diabetes has on the community and discuss how people can take action to make a real difference,” said Natalie Tappe, network task lead for Quality Insights’ “Everyone with Diabetes Counts” program. “The key message is that people can control their diabetes through lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, and by following a care plan in consultation with their doctor.”

In addition to offering free classes to the community, the program works with health care providers and community volunteers by training them to teach classes themselves.

The program also engages community partners to support efforts by promoting classes within the community, donating meeting space, recruiting potential new trainers and much more.

“Through the EDC program, we bring communities together to learn about, prevent and control diabetes,” Tappe said.

To date, 1,554 people with Medicare and 471 others have graduated from EDC classes in Pennsylvania.

Visit Qualityinsights-qin.org for more information about the EDC program and for a listing of currently scheduled classes.

Here are some other diabetes-related programs in the Pittsburgh region:

Click here for information about UPMC’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Diabetes Center and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Click here for information on Excela Health’s Diabetes Center.

Click here for community information from the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

Click here for a PA211 listing of state diabetes programs.

Click here for a listing of Allegheny Health Network resources for Type II diabetes patients.

Click here for information from the University of Pittsburgh’s Diabetes Prevention Center.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, [email protected] or via Twitter .


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