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Kroger takes aim at diabetes

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WASHINGTON — Project Impact: Diabetes Prevention is a collaborative effort between the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation, Kroger Co. and Solera Health to reduce the incidence of diabetes through community pharmacies.

As part of the effort, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) selected the APhA Foundation to build infrastructure in pharmacies to expand access to the CDC-recognized National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) evidence-based lifestyle change program, designed to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among adults with prediabetes.

Working with Kroger and Solera, the APhA Foundation aims to deliver the National DPP curriculum to at least 7,500 at-risk adults in underserved U.S. communities.

Through Project Impact, pharmacists, dietitians and technicians at Kroger pharmacies will be trained to deliver the National DPP lifestyle change curriculum to at-risk adults. Solera Health, a preventive care benefits manager, will support community outreach efforts and provide digital technology to facilitate delivery of the program.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create infrastructure within highly accessible community pharmacies to deliver evidence-based diabetes prevention lifestyle change programs to the people who need it the most,” Benjamin Bluml, senior vice president of research and innovation at the APhA Foundation, said in a statement.

More than one out of every three American adults has prediabetes, according to the CDC.


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