“Rite Aid is a longstanding partner in the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance. By broadening its reach in the Cleveland area, Rite Aid is helping more people who must deal with diabetes every day learn how to take control of the disease, make healthy lifestyle changes and improve their health,” said Deneen Vojta, M.D., senior vice president, UnitedHealth Group and chief clinical officer of the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance.
UnitedHealth Group created the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to help address the growing epidemic of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, which threatens to affect more than half of all Americans by 2020 at an annual cost of $500 billion if current trends continue, according to a report from the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization.
Diabetes Control Program: Reducing Dangerous, Costly Diabetes ComplicationsThe DCP provides people with diabetes access to health care providers including specially trained pharmacists who provide personalized coaching and counseling in the convenient setting of a local pharmacy, and help patients improve adherence to their physicians’ treatment plans. The goal is for patients to improve blood glucose control – every percentage-point drop in HbA1c levels, a commonly used blood glucose marker, reduces by 40 percent the risk of developing complications from diabetes, which include heart disease, nerve disease, blindness and limb amputations.
Diabetes Prevention Program: Addressing Obesity to Prevent DiabetesIn addition to the DCP, the Alliance also includes the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), an innovative lifestyle change program conducted in a group setting through the Y. The program helps people with prediabetes and who are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes prevent or delay the disease through healthy eating, increased physical activity and other lifestyle changes.1 2010 Ohio Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System About Rite Aid Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with more than 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2012 annual revenues of $26.1 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com. About UnitedHealth Group UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services. Through its businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 75 million people worldwide. For more information visit UnitedHealth Group at www.unitedhealthgroup.com.