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Arrowhead Regional Medical Center - Diabetes F.I.T Education Program

San Bernardino County, CA
Program Year: 2019

Diabetes is a complex disease and is growing at an alarming rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 1-in-10 Americans have diabetes, and in 2050 it is estimated those numbers will increase to 1-in-3. Diabetes can be a very costly and devastating disease when not managed well. Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) is working to be part of the solution in addressing Diabetes within our community. Studies have shown that 95% of the management of diabetes is up to the patient not the provider. Patient education is key to helping patients learn how to successfully manage their diabetes. According to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) “fewer than 60 percent of people with diabetes have had formal diabetes education”. ARMC has created the Diabetes F.I.T. Education Program (Foods High in Nutrition, Increase Activity, Take Medications Correctly). The program consists of three, two-hour group classes, then four follow-up telephone conversations. In 2016/2017 the average Hemoglobin A1c (HgA1c) decreased from 9% to 8.1%. For the 2017/2018 reporting year the average HgA1c decreased from 8.8% to 7.8%. Current year data is showing, so far, the average HgA1c has decreased from 8.5% to 7.5%.

Ms. Evelyn Samaniego
Secretary II