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HHDC Earns Recognition from CDC

Center becomes first Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program in Oklahoma

March 22, 2013 — Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma has become the first healthcare organization in the state of Oklahoma to be recognized as a member institution of the Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program, a national Centers for Disease Control initiative recognizing that type 2 diabetes can often be prevented by following a healthy lifestyle. As part of the DPRP National Registry, Harold Hamm Diabetes Center offers classes and support groups that teach people how to exercise effectively, plan a healthy diet, and become more health conscious as a means to prevent type 2 diabetes.

“DPRP organizations implement a proven evidence-based curriculum that has demonstrated a 60% reduction of developing type 2 diabetes in those already at risk,” said Dr. Steve Sternlof, a licensed psychologist at Harold Hamm. “In some cases, participants in these types of programs have lost up to 7% of their body weight which dramatically decreases their risk for developing diabetes, and since we as Oklahomans are at increased risk, this type of program is essential.”

The CDC indicates that 35% of all adults in the US aged 20 years and older have prediabetes and half of all adults aged 65 and older have prediabetes. The numbers are even worse in Oklahoma. According to the State Department of health, 39% of all Oklahomans are affected by diabetes, and the taxpayer costs associated with diabetes care total $3.24 billion per year.

“Prevention and outreach have always been a focus of Harold Hamm Diabetes Center,” said Blake Rambo, Chief Operating Officer of the Center. “With this recognition, we will continue to build more programs aimed at stopping diabetes before it starts and helping to curb the alarming rate at which diabetes impacts Oklahoma and surrounding regions.”

Harold Hamm Diabetes Center has an already extensive track record of offering programs focused on preventing diabetes and educating those at risk on the dangers of the disease and its complications. The Center works closely with community leaders through the Know Your Risk initiative to teach people about lifestyle changes that can reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes. The initiative also provides free health screenings across the state and region to areas most heavily impacted by diabetes.

For more information on diabetes prevention programs at HHDC, call (405) 271-2824 or email info@haroldhamm.org