Kroger takes aim at diabetes

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

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

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

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

“We’re eager to have the chance to collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make infrastructure within exceptionally accessible community pharmacies to deliver evidence-based diabetes prevention lifestyle change plans to the people who want it the most,” Benjamin Bluml, senior vice president of innovation and research in 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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