December 18, 2019 Network in the Know

Help Patients Lose Weight and Prevent Diabetes with VLM

CDPHP® has partnered with Canary Health to provide Virtual Lifestyle Management (VLM)* – a digital, year-long, lifestyle change program. Nationwide, more than 84 million adults have prediabetes, but 90 percent of them are unaware that they do. VLM is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recognized diabetes prevention program that focuses on healthy eating and physical activity. Studies show that people with prediabetes who take part in such a structured lifestyle change strategy can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

VLM empowers participants to commit to and make small changes over the course of a year that can help lower A1C levels, keep weight off for the long-term, and improve overall health and well-being.

Once CDPHP members sign up, they have access to:

  • An online, trained, lifestyle coach who will communicate in a private and secure environment.
  • A pedometer, digital scale, and tracking tools.
  • Self-guided online lessons on how to eat healthy and add more physical activity into each day.
  • Self-guided, online lessons on how to manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can slow progress.

The program worked for Vic, a 51-year-old CDPHP member who shared his experience:

“I had high blood pressure and I was pre-diabetic.  The doctor told me I had arthritis that would require surgery if I didn’t lose weight. Logging my food in VLM to get my calories and fat [intake] gives me all the information I need. Every time I ask my coach a question, I get an answer right away.

In November 2018, I was 393 pounds. Now I’m [at] 279 – I’ve lost 114 pounds.

My blood sugar is normal. I reduced my blood pressure medication. I no longer have the hip pain and no longer need to have the surgery.” 

To learn more and sign up for Virtual Lifestyle Management (VLM),  visit the CDPHP website.

 

*Members can contact member services using the phone number on their ID card to see whether this benefit is included as part of their health plan.  

Adele O'Connell
About Author

Adele joined CDPHP in 2004 as an internal communications and event specialist. She then spent eight years coordinating the company’s community relations and corporate events program, in which capacity she worked with a host of non-profit organizations and co-chaired the CDPHP annual Charity of Choice campaign. Currently, she is a communications specialist and coordinator of corporate member engagement and serves on the boards of two local charities. Prior to CDPHP, Adele served as a legislative assistant for a trade association and as an acquisitions and developmental editor, specializing in educational and medical publishing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Rosemont College.

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