Amerigroup Provides Grant for YMCA Diabetes Prevention Programs in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La.--()--The Amerigroup Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the YMCA of Greater New Orleans to sponsor the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program that will be offered through the YMCA of the Capital Area in Baton Rouge and the YMCA of Greater New Orleans. These programs are available to adults who are overweight and at risk of developing diabetes. Each program will last 12 months and will offer 16 weekly core sessions, supplemented by bi-monthly sessions. Participants will meet in a supportive environment and work together in small groups to learn how to eat healthier and increase their physical activity to reduce their risk of developing diabetes. Their goals will be to reduce their weight by at least seven percent, maintain that reduced weight and gradually increase physical activity to a minimum of 150 minutes per week.

“Diabetes education is the cornerstone of diabetes management, and it gives people the power to control their health, so disease doesn’t end up controlling them,” said Sonya Nelson, president of Amerigroup Louisiana. “By sponsoring this life-changing program, Amerigroup is empowering Louisianans to lay the groundwork for healthier futures.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 11 percent of adults in Louisiana have been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death among Louisiana residents, and Louisiana’s death rate from diabetes is the second highest in the nation. Additionally, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputation and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.

“New data from Gallup-Healthways shows us that Baton Rouge’s 35.9 percent obesity rate is the highest among America’s 100 largest metro areas; and only 10 percent of these obese individuals know that they have prediabetes and are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke,” said Bob Jacobs, president and CEO, YMCA of the Capital Area. “We thank Amerigroup for bringing the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program to those who need it most and helping to improve health outcomes in our community.”

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based program that has been proven to prevent or delay new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent—and as much as 71 percent in adults over the age of 60. Program design is based on a study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that was conducted with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study demonstrated how eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight could lead to better health and an overall reduction of new type 2 diabetes cases.

Adults who are overweight, at least 18 years old and at risk of developing type 2 diabetes may be eligible to participate in the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program. New Orleans and Baton Rouge area residents who would like to learn more about this program and find out if they qualify to participate can visit www.ymcaneworleans.org/diabetes-risk-assessment/ or contact Kayne Daigle at 504-224-5813 ext. 109 or kayned@ymcaneworleans.org. This program is also offered in 41 states through more than a 1,000 different locations. For more information, visit http://ymca.net/diabetes.

ABOUT THE AMERIGROUP FOUNDATION

The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. Together, with local, regional and national organizations, the Amerigroup Foundation works to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Amerigroup and its affiliated health plans serve. Amerigroup Foundation funding is focused on strategic initiatives working to address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative with five areas of focus: Healthy Heart, Cancer Prevention, Healthy Maternal Practices, Type 2 Diabetes Prevention, and Healthy Active Lifestyle. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Associate Giving program which provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. To learn more about the Amerigroup Foundation, please visit www.anthem.foundation.

ABOUT THE Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net

Contacts

Amerigroup:
Denise Malecki
813-830-6986
denise.malecki@amerigroup.com
or
The Y:
Kristen Hogan
225-892-2094
khogan@ymcabr.org

Release Summary

The Amerigroup Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to sponsor YMCA Diabetes Prevention Programs in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Contacts

Amerigroup:
Denise Malecki
813-830-6986
denise.malecki@amerigroup.com
or
The Y:
Kristen Hogan
225-892-2094
khogan@ymcabr.org