Never Too Early and Never Too Late
Submitted by Kim Staton, RN Care Manager & Barbara Fenton, Medical Director of ACP
The Augusta Health Life Program has been offering the Biometrics Screening Program for Augusta Health employees for several years. The program has provided participants with their screening results, referred participants to appropriate health and fitness-focused services, and provided benefit incentives for improvement in biometric markers.
The 2019 Biometrics Screening Program has expanded its emphasis to identify employees who do not have a PCP, those who are due annual physical and preventative visits, and we have boosted the focus of the Biometrics Screening to highlight Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes.
Educating participants about their biometrics results that show the telltale patterns of Metabolic Syndrome and/or Type 2 Diabetes and encouraging earlier partnership with their providers can lead to better-focused interventions to reduce the risks of encroaching hyperinsulinemia and beta cell overwork. Identification of those at particular risk of moving from the pre-diabetic states to Type 2 Diabetes and providing education will, hopefully, enhance participants’ understanding of the cause and effect of their lifestyle choices (excessive carbohydrate intake, physical inactivity and obesity) and empower them to take responsibility and control of their own health.
As a provider, you may be receiving the biometrics results from your patients who are Augusta Health employees. We invite you to join the campaign to alert and educate these patients, not just to their risks, but to their personal power to transform their risk.
Augusta Health is currently offering:
- Diabetes Prevention Programs
- RxEx prescription exercise programs
- Outpatient Diabetes and Nutritional Education Services (including Diabetes Boot Camp, Carb Counting 101)
- Employee discounts through the Lifetime Fitness gym
Early identification and intensive patient education prior to the onset of Type 2 Diabetes is the key to promote health and longevity. To read more about the Beta-Cell Centric approach to Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes prevention, please follow this link.
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