CDC awards full recognition to IVCH Diabetes Prevention Program

A local diabetes prevention program that helps Illinois Valley residents who have prediabetes deal more effectively with the disease has received full recognition from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Deb Redd, coordinator of the Diabetes Center for Excellence at Illinois Valley Community Hospital, said notification the center had achieved full recognition status came in a letter from Ann Albright, director of the CDC’s division of diabetes translation.

“The sustained success of your lifestyle change program makes an invaluable contribution to the prevention of type 2 diabetes,” said Albright. “It is programs like yours that are turning the tide in the fight against the epidemic of type 2 diabetes.”

Redd, who is also a certified lifestyle coach, said the goal of the IVCH program is to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems.

An estimated one in three Americans has prediabetes, according to Redd, who added that nine out of ten people who have the disease don’t know they have it.