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January 26, 2018

Douglas County Health Department will host free prediabetes forum Feb. 6

by Staff, Douglas County Health Department

Prediabetes is a growing workforce issue associated with significant health and financial consequences, but employers across Nebraska are making strides to become leaders in diabetes prevention efforts.

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Douglas County Health Department, in partnership with WELLCOM, will host “The Prediabetes Predicament: What Business Leaders Can Do To Take Action” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Nebraska Omaha Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, 6001 Dodge Street.

This free event is open to the public and will highlight the actions that area businesses are taking to reduce prediabetes among employees. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive assistance in implementing select action items in their worksites, such as programs and educational tools. Thanks to our sponsor Omada Health, free lunch is included for all who register.

“Now is the time for local businesses to address this potentially devastating health issue before it strikes your bottom line,” said Douglas County Health Director, Dr. Adi Pour. “We look forward to beginning our work together on Feb. 6.”

Why Prevention of Diabetes Matters to Employers

If no lifestyle changes occur, people with prediabetes face the risk of progressing to Type 2 diabetes in as little as five years. A study published in 2002 found that businesses spend an average of $4,410 more for employees living with diabetes, compared to those who don’t. In addition, indirect costs associated with diabetes in the United States includes increased absenteeism ($5 billion), reduced productivity while at work ($20.8 billion) and inability to work due to diabetes-related disability ($21.6 billion).

Although the presentation has reached capacity for registrations, businesses that are still interested in this event may contact WELLCOM at info@elevatingwellness.org to be placed on the waiting list. Everyone on the list will receive a copy of the action brief and additional information about diabetes prevention measures.

 

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