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.