DCHHS receives healthcare hero award
DCHHS received the 2014 Healthcare Education Hero of the Year Award for its partnership with YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas to educate Dallas County residents about diabetes prevention. The award was issued by DFW Alliance for Healthcare Excellence, a volunteer, nonprofit association of health industry leaders partnering to promote accessibility to quality affordable healthcare through education, networking, cooperation, and collaboration.
The collaborative efforts between DCHHS and YMCA included major outreach events and a comprehensive marketing plan to raise awareness about diabetes prevention and enroll at-risk individuals in a prevention program.
“We firmly believe that promoting good health should be a priority for everyone and we proudly embrace the opportunity to partner in order to reach that goal,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director.
In 2012, nearly 288,000 adults in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex were diagnosed with diabetes. Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15 to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.
The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program teaches individuals to adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits. Through the program, individuals receive support and encouragement from a trained lifestyle coach and fellow classmates while developing a plan for improving and maintaining their overall well-being.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with prediabetes and would like to participate in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program should contact Tracey Burns, director of healthy lifestyles for the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, by phone at 214-561-1509 or by email at email@example.com.
Left to right: Susan Brown,Alliance for Healthcare Excellence Board Member; Jon Sanchez-Casas, YMCA Community Health Outreach Director; Tim DeViese, YMCA VP of Community Health & Well-being; Erikka Neroes, DCHHS Public Information Officer; Zachary Thompson, DCHHS Director.