The Corporate Wellness package is a direct response to the burden of chronic disease and associated health care costs that impact company growth. By offering the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) as a covered health benefit, you can transform your company’s largest asset into a healthier, more productive workforce.
What is the Diabetes Prevention Program?
DPP is an evidence-based coaching program that guides participants on the journey to long-lasting behavior change. This trusted program is based on curriculum led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is proven to help people make achievable and realistic lifestyle changes that cut their risk of developing chronic diseases, particularly type 2 diabetes. DPP is a year-long program with 16 weekly sessions and 8 monthly follow-up sessions with trained lifestyle coaches who empower participants to take charge of their health.
Why offer DPP as a covered health benefit?
Preventable chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, are a growing workforce issue with serious health and cost consequences. Out of 100 employees:
- 5 are being treated for diabetes
- 10 have high blood pressure
- 10 have diabetes (5 don’t know they have it)
- 25 have high cholesterol
- 25 have heart disease
- 30 are overweight by more than 20%
- 50 do not meet the CDC recommendations for physical activity
- 23 eat less than 1 serving of vegetables per day
DPP works and is cost-effective.
Our lifestyle change program is built from a science-based curriculum that is delivered by certified health coaches so you don’t have to wonder if you’ll see results. Offering DPP as a covered benefit The incremental costs of adding the Healthy Lifestyle Program is a cost-effective use of resources.
- Research examining the effects of a structured lifestyle change program like DPP showed that weight loss of 5-7 percent of body weight, achieved by reducing calories and increasing physical activity, reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people at high risk for the disease. For people over 60 years of age, the program reduced risk by 71 percent.[iv]
- Even after 10 years, those who had participated in the lifestyle change program had a 34 percent lower rate of type 2 diabetes.[v]
- The cost per person of offering the lifestyle change program is less than $500, depending on factors such as promotion, recruitment, staff, and logistics costs. The cost of preventing chronic disease is typically much smaller than the cost of managing the complications of chronic disease.
- CDC has determined that intensive lifestyle interventions are “very cost-effective” and, in many cases, cost-saving.[vi]
What You Can Do
- Talk to your health insurance carrier(s) about covering DPP as a health benefit and offer it to your employees.
- Third-party administrators can help you determine potential ROI specific to your organization, as well as help implement the program, process claims, recruit participants, and collect data.
- Promote DPP to your employees. We can provide information session give you promotional resources, such as a risk test and a brochure describing the program and its benefits.
[i] CDC. National diabetes fact sheet: national estimates and general information on diabetes and prediabetes in the United States, 2011. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2011.
[ii] Boyle JP, Thompson TJ, Gregg EW, Barker LE, Williamson DF. (2010) Projection of the year 2050 burden of diabetes in the US adult population: dynamic modeling of incidence, mortality, and pre-diabetes prevalence.Population Health Metrics. 2010;8:29, 2010.
[iii] American Diabetes Association. Economic costs of diabetes in the U.S. in 2012. Diabetes Care; 2013;36(4):1033–46.
[iv] Knowler, WC, Barrett-Connor, E, et al. Reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes with lifestyle intervention or metformin. N Engl J Med. 2002;346(6):393–403.
[v] Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. 10-year follow-up of diabetes incidence and weight loss in the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study. Lancet. 2009;374:1677–86.
[vi] Li R, Zhang P, Barker LE, Chowdhury FM, Zhang X. Cost-effectiveness of interventions to prevent and control diabetes mellitus: A systematic review. Diabetes Care. 2010; 33(8): 1872–94.