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September 10, 2018

PANAMA CITY, Fla.— The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is proud to announce that the Diabetes Services Program’s achievement of CDC recognition for the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The recognition is a goal that DOH-Bay worked toward since the inception of the program. This designation is reserved for programs that have effectively delivered a quality, evidence-based program that meets all of the standards of CDC recognition.

Below is an exert from the letter of congratulations from the Director of the Divisions of Diabetes Translation, Dr. Ann Albright:

“The sustained success of your lifestyle change program makes an invaluable contribution to the presentation of type 2 diabetes, both in your community and nationally. We appreciate your participation in the National Diabetes Prevention Program and we are committed to working with you to do everything we can to ensure your continued success as a critical member of our national effort.

As the Director of the Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program, it is immensely gratifying to see the science of diabetes prevention being implemented to improve the public’s health. You and your colleagues should be extremely proud of this accomplishment. It is programs like yours that are turning the tide in the fight against the epidemic of type 2 diabetes. Thank you for all that you are doing and for your commitment to reducing the preventable burden of diabetes in the U.S.”

In Florida, it is estimated that more than 5. 8 million people have prediabetes. Approximately 59,000 Bay County residents are at risk for developing diabetes but most do not even know it. The National Diabetes Prevention Program is available for persons who are diagnosed with pre-diabetes or who are at-risk for diabetes. Risk factors include; having a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth, having gestational diabetes, being overweight or obese, and being physically inactive. Your risks also increase with age and certain races are more susceptible to diabetes. These classes are covered by some insurance plans, including Medicare for eligible participants.   

DOH-Bay also offers accredited Diabetes Self-Management Education classes that are covered by many insurance options. This program is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. The nurse-led classes help those who are living with diabetes to avoid complications from the disease and to live a better, healthier life. 

For more information about DOH-Bay’s programs visit our website, and look for Diabetes Services under Programs & Services or call 850-252-9656. To learn more about diabetes prevention and self-management, visit


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