Nehal P. Thakkar, MD

Zeev Neuwirth, MD, president and chief clinical executive of Carolinas HealthCare System Medical Group, announces the results of the Pre-D Challenge.

Carolinas HealthCare System has concluded the first year of its large-scale effort to tackle Type 2 diabetes during its Pre-D Challenge: Reverse the Risk campaign. Launched with the System’s partner, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, the aim of the Pre-D Challenge was to reduce the region’s rate of Type 2 diabetes by preventing the dangerous disease before it is diagnosed.

In its first year, the Pre-D Challenge has achieved notable results:

  • More than 53,000 people have completed a diabetes risk assessment
  • More than 27,000 people have been identified as at-risk for prediabetes or diabetes
  • More than 18,000 A1c blood sugar tests have been delivered
  • More than 200 people have enrolled in the diabetes prevention program (DPP)
  • DPP participants have lost an average of 4 percent of their body weight and achieved more than 2 hours of physical activity per week

“Our goal in the Pre-D Challenge was to prevent diabetes in those people who are at high risk for developing it,” said Zeev Neuwirth, MD, president and chief clinical executive of Carolinas HealthCare System Medical Group. “This is one of the rare circumstances where you can easily intervene and prevent a disease.”

The Pre-D Challenge offered teammates and community members a diabetes risk assessment, free diabetes blood sugar testing, and the opportunity for at-risk individuals to enroll in a diabetes prevention program. When the effort launched in November 2013, the System pledged to engage 50,000 adults to complete a diabetes risk assessment within one year, with a goal of identifying 10,000 people at risk for developing prediabetes or diabetes.

“Our first-year results showcase the meaningful health impact we can make through large-scale proactive preventive efforts,” said Dr. Neuwirth. “The scale and success of this effort is something to be very proud of. It’s a great example of Carolinas Healthcare System’s commitment to our community.”

The initiative is currently expanding to offer a broader array of diabetes prevention and management options.

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