The Office of Labor Relations offers two programs for New York City employees with pre-diabetes or diabetes:
National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP): This program helps people who are overweight and have pre-diabetes take important steps to delay or avoid developing diabetes in the future. Pre-diabetes occurs when your blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be called diabetes. There are more than 1.3 million adults in NYC who have pre-diabetes, many of whom might not know they have it. A national study found that only 1 out of 10 people who have pre-diabetes know it. The WorkWell NYC NDPP is offered at the workplace at no cost for eligible employees. Find out your estimated pre-diabetes risk with the CDC risk calculator and discuss your results and risk reduction strategies, including the NDPP, with your health provider.
Case Management Program: This is a program for City Health Plan enrollees* living with diabetes, including gestational diabetes.** The program gives people the tools, information, and support for healthy living with diabetes by involving nurse case managers and social workers. They help make sure people living with diabetes get the best care possible. Whether or not you participate in either program, the following activities can help you reduce your risk for diabetes, and manage your condition if you already have diabetes:
Maintain a healthy weight; and
Eat a balanced diet that is high in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat, sugar and salt.
*This program is only open to individuals covered by EmblemHealth.
**Pregnant women who have never had diabetes before but who have high blood sugar (glucose) levels during pregnancy are said to have gestational diabetes.