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Blue Cross Blue Shield

October 21, 2013 by  

Blue Cross Blue Shield, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Indiana is seeking participants in a Type 2 diabetes management program developed at Stanford University and shown in studies to help lower blood sugar, reduce emergency room visits and improve communication with caregivers. The Better Choices, Better Health® – Diabetes program is available to Anthem members and non-members who meet certain criteria.

Indianapolis-area residents with Type 2 diabetes who are 18 or older can register for the in-person workshops by calling 855-897-5597 or by going to selfmanage.org to sign up for the online workshops. The Better Choices, Better Health® -Diabetes workshops are available now.

Better Choices, Better Health® – Diabetes is a series of six online or in-person sessions that connect trained, peer facilitators with people who have diabetes so that they may share and solve problems together. People within the groups may help each other discover new ways to maintain their independence, enjoy food that’s good for them, manage their blood sugar, start or stay with an exercise routine and communicate more effectively with their doctors, families and friends.

“We developed this program so that each person can customize it to their own needs,” said Kate Lorig, professor emeritus and director of the Stanford Patient Education Research Center. “Better Choices, Better Health® – Diabetes helps each person to reach health goals that are attainable for them and in the process gives them a better quality of life.”

Almost 12 percent of all men 20 years or older, and 11 percent of all women 20 years or older, have diabetes, according to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet. Type 2 diabetes occurs most commonly in adults aged 40 or older, and the likelihood of developing it increases with age.

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