Houston Healthcare’s EduCare Department Receives Recognition from CDC for National Diabetes Prevention Program

Staff Report

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

Houston Healthcare’s EduCare department has received Recognition PLUS status from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its national diabetes prevention program. This designation is reserved for programs that have effectively delivered a quality, evidence-based program that meets all the standards for CDC recognition and additional retention thresholds. All participants who have completed the EduCare program have decreased their Hbg A1C from the pre-diabetic range to normal levels by applying the interventions learned.

“When participants have a clear WHY and see the improvements in their lab values, they are motivated to continue discovering wellness tools that work for them,” states Jenni Russ, RN, Chronic Disease Educator with Houston Healthcare’s EduCare program. “I recently saw a group participant from last year’s graduating class out shopping. His grocery cart was full of healthy food options. He is still using what he learned from the program to keep his numbers on track.”

In 2010, the CDC developed a research-based program to address the growing concerns of diabetes. The National Diabetes Prevention Program showed that people with pre-diabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program could cut their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. That increases to 71 percent for people over the age of 60. In addition, this program showed to be almost twice as effective as Metformin at preventing or delaying diabetes – making it a cost-effective and accessible option to all populations.