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Entries in diabetes (7)

Thursday
Oct202016

Support Your Health Club Members at Risk of Diabetes 

According to the International Diabetes Federation, 415 million people have diabetes worldwide—that’s one in 11 adults. As a result, $673 billion is spent on diabetes every year—a number that adds up to 12% of global health expenditures. 

Luckily, health clubs are uniquely positioned to help members with diabetes, as well as those who are at risk.

Type 2 Diabetes and Exercise 

Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in many cases by maintaining a healthful lifestyle in including good nutrition, regular physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight. 

Research shows that even modest weight loss due to diet and exercise can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 58% in those at risk. Studies have also indicated that exercise can help people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes manage their condition. 

How Health Clubs Can Help Prevent Diabetes 

If your members are coming to the club regularly, you are already supporting their efforts to live a healthful lifestyle. But preventing diabetes goes beyond exercise and often occurs over a long period of time. There are other things a club can do to help educate their members and aid them in delaying or preventing the onset of diabetes. 

The November issue of “12 Months of Health Promotion” provides tips to help your club help those with or at risk for diabetes, links to helpful resources, and articles to share with staff and members. 

This month’s resources include:  

  • 7 Ways Your Club Can Help Your Members with Diabetes
  • “Opportunity Is Knocking: What You Need to Know About the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program” (handout)
  • Relevant articles and blog posts to read and share

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Friday
Sep162016

This Week in the Fitness Industry: Proof that Exercise is a ‘Miracle Drug’

Time Magazine Examines the Proof that Exercise is a ‘Miracle Drug’
“As time goes on, paper after paper after paper shows that the most effective, potent way that we can improve quality of life and duration of life is exercise,” said Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky, a genetic metabolic neurologist at McMaster University in Ontario, in Time Magazine’s September cover story. The article, “The New Science of Exercise,” provides an in-depth look at the scientific proof backing up the long-standing belief that exercise works like a miracle drug. “Despite public-awareness campaigns, the health benefits of exercise have not been effectively communicated to the average American,” the article stats. “Humans are notoriously bad at assessing the long-term benefits–and risks–of their lifestyle choices. And vague promises that exercise is ‘good for you’ or even ‘good for the heart’ aren’t powerful enough to motivate most people to do something they think of as a chore. Humans are, however, motivated by rewards. That is why experts like Tarnopolsky are so focused on proving that the scientific benefits of exercise–slower aging, better mood, less chronic pain, stronger vision, the list goes on–are real, measurable and almost immediate.”

IHRSA Board Members Represent at the Motionsoft Technology Summit

Several IHRSA board members and former board members attended and spoke at the Motionsoft Technology Summit in Baltimore, MD, this week. Rick Caro, former IHRSA board president and president of Management Vision, Inc., spoke at the CIO Roundtable on Wednesday, and IHRSA Board Chair Rasmus Ingerslev presented the closing keynote address on Thursday. Read our full coverage of the Motionsoft Technology Summit.

Blink Fitness Asks Members to Audition for its 2017 Ad Campaign

Blink Fitness is inviting 300,000 members to use social media to enter the company’s brand-wide casting call for its 2017 ad campaign. The digital “audition” for the campaign, which is part of Blink’s continued effort’s to advocate for body positivity, will be open until October 7. More than 300 people have already applied since the September 12 launch. Following the submissions, the finalists will be chosen and called back to stand in front of a panel of influential “casting agents” to explain why feeling good is the new looking good. Panelists will include Dascha Polanco, known for her role as Dayanara Diaz on Orange is the New Black and NFL punter, Steve Weatherford. Blink’s 2017 campaign is an evolution of its “Every Body Happy” platform, which launched earlier this year.

IHRSA Submits Comments on Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program
On September 6, IHRSA formally submitted comments to the Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) concerning the proposal that Medicare cover the cost of a preventative service incorporating physical activity and diet intervention—the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP). The MDPP stands to be the first ever preventative service model certified for expansion by the CMS Innovation Center. With the proposal that Medicare will cover the cost of MDPP, health clubs are in an advantageous position to administer the program and become a vital component in the healthcare system. The program consists of educational sessions on healthy habits for individuals at risk of diabetes, evidenced by blood test results (and covered by Medicare), beginning with an initial six-month period with a core curriculum. The curriculum incorporates the importance of physical activity in healthy living, in addition to nutrition and stress management. The primary goal of the program is weight loss and behavior change to prevent against diabetes—both goals achievable in a health club setting. Read our full coverage on IHRSA's Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program comments.

Thursday
Sep152016

IHRSA Submits Comments on Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

On September 6, IHRSA formally submitted comments to the Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) concerning the proposal that Medicare cover the cost of a preventative service incorporating physical activity and diet interventionthe Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP).

The MDPP stands to be the first ever preventative service model certified for expansion by the CMS Innovation Center.

Opportunities for Health Clubs in MDPP

With the proposal that Medicare will cover the cost of MDPP, health clubs are in an advantageous position to administer the program and become a vital component in the healthcare system.

The program consists of educational sessions on healthy habits for individuals at risk of diabetes, evidenced by blood test results (and covered by Medicare), beginning with an initial six-month period with a core curriculum. The curriculum incorporates the importance of physical activity in healthy living, in addition to nutrition and stress management. The primary goal of the program is weight loss and behavior change to prevent against diabetes—both goals achievable in a health club setting. 

To maximize the contribution that the health and fitness industry can make to the success of this major innovation in Medicare, IHRSA focused its comments on ways to position health clubs as settings for the MDPP and to facilitate club participation. 

Per participant, a health club offering MDPP would be reimbursed by Medicare, with some payments dependent on the participant’s percentage of achieved weight loss and attendance level. The provider would be reimbursed up to $450 per person in the first year, and up to $180 in the participant’s second year of the program.

Expanding the Program Nationally

IHRSA encouraged CMS to launch this important effort on a national basis, given that diabetes impacts Americans across the nation.

According to the CDC, 25% of Americans age 65 or older have Type 2 diabetes, and almost half have prediabetes. The CMS is considering an alternate approach of phasing in the program (such as by geographic location or by subpopulation).

Considering Coverage of Other Chronic Diseases

IHRSA stated in its comments to CMS that MDPP and its emphasis on healthier lifestyles and physical activity would also result in cost savings to Medicare if offered to persons at risk of developing other chronic diseases, such as hypertension or cardiovascular problems.

It is important to focus attention on the proven success of preventative service models and the urgency of combatting chronic disease. About one in two adults live with a chronic disease, straining the American workforce and economy, but many diseases can be prevented with participation in physical activity and other healthy habits.

What’s Next?

Now that the comment period has ended for the MDPP rule, it is expected that a formal rule will be published in November 2016 and that potential program providers can apply for CDC recognition in 2017. Then, in 2018, providers can begin to be reimbursed for the service.

When further news is available, IHRSA will continue to share information with clubs. If you have questions or comments, please email IHRSA’s public policy department at gr@ihrsa.org.

Monday
Jul182016

Physical Activity Over 20 Years Reduces Pre-Diabetes Risk

An article published in the journal Diabetologica examined the impact of fitness levels in young adulthood and middle age on the development of pre-diabetes – defined as impaired fasting glucose – or diabetes. Researchers tested participants’ fitness levels using a treadmill duration test at baseline, year seven, and year 20, and assessed diabetes status at baseline and years seven, 10, 15, 20, and 25. 

The results showed that higher fitness levels were linked to a lower risk of developing pre-diabetes or diabetes, and the association held up when other potentially confounding factors were considered. Health clubs provide a safe, supportive place for adults to be active throughout their lifetime.

Chow LS, Odegaard AO, Bosch TA, Bantle AE, Wang Q, Hughes J, Carnethon M, Ingram KH, Durant N, Lewis CE, Ryder J, Shay CM, Kelly AS, Schreiner PJ. Twenty year fitness trends in young adults and incidence of prediabetes and diabetes: the CARDIA study. Diabetologia. 2016 Aug;59(8):1659-65. doi: 10.1007/s00125-016-3969-5. Epub 2016 May 16.

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Monday
Feb022015

Health Club Based Exercise Program Enhances Physical Activity Among People With Type 2 Diabetes 

A study in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health tested the feasibility and effectiveness of an exercise program for people with type 2 diabetes based in health clubs around Austria. The program included specific exercise classes for people with type 2 diabetes. And researchers followed 881 people for 12 months in 22 Austrian communities to see if their activity levels increased as a result of participation in the exercise classes.

At the beginning, 51% of participants said that lack of suitable exercise classes was a barrier to being active. After two months, 12.9% of the group dropped out, and after a year 42% remained. During the program, time spent on exercise increased by 45 minutes, from an hour and 24 minutes a week to 2 hours and 9 minutes a week. The authors concluded that the exercise classes effectively enhanced participants’ physical activity levels.

Lackinger C1, Haider S, Kosi L, Harreiter J, Winhofer Y, Kautzky-Willer A. Potential of a Sports Club Based Exercise Program for Improving Physical Activity in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. J Phys Act Health. 2015 Jan 23.

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Tuesday
Dec242013

Health E-Review: Dec. 23, 2013

A compilation of recent research on the benefits of exercise and nutrition.


Multivitamins may not have certain benefits

Most people have been led to believe that taking a daily multivitamin will make them healthier. But new research - namely two studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine - suggests this might not be the case. 

The first of the two studies looked at the impact of daily vitamins on thinking and memory skills in men. In that study, researchers found no difference in cognitive abilities between the two groups. The second study looked at vitamins and cardiovascular health and found that taking daily vitamin and mineral supplements did not reduce the risk of a heart attack.

According to Dr. Cynthia Mulrow, a senior deputy editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine to be healthy, "people... should be active, should not (overeat), should avoid excessive alcohol".  

Read the full article in Reuters Health.

Also in Health E-Review this week:

  • Aerobic Exercise Improves Quality of Life In Type 2 Diabetics With Neuropathy
  • Physical Activity Impacts Immune Health In Obese People
  • The Impact of Zumba® On Health In Female College Students
  • Exergaming Is A Strategic Tool In The Fight Against Child Obesity
  • Physical Inactivity Increases The Risk of Dying From Sepsis

Health E-Review is available for IHRSA members only. To read this week's Health E-Review, click here. For other member-only resources, visit www.ihrsa.org/club-resources/.

 

Wednesday
Feb062013

Why aren't those who need exercise exercising?

The benefits of exercise are endless - lowers the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes; lowers the death rate in some cancers after diagnosis; helps stimulate the brain; and wards off depression. And that isn't even the complete list.

So, why are the ones who need it not doing it?

A few IHRSA members talked about this, and what their clubs do to get that segment of the population through their doors.

Read the story.