DIABETES PREVENTION AND LIFESTYLE CHANGE PROGRAMS IN THE
Institute for Leadership, Inc. (IFL) and the Business
and Labor Coalition of New York (BALCONY) are
partnering with the National
Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) to
launch an information campaign and a series of workshops to address Type
2 diabetes prevention within at-risk communities in New York State.
Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Campaign kicks off May 16, 2013
with a Diabetes
Symposium in New York City. The keynote speaker
will be Dr. Ann
Albright, Director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Other leading
diabetes and health care experts will be participating in the conference.
symposium will be held in the
at 4 West 43rd St., New York, NY,
8:30 a.m - noon. Admission: $40.
SPONSORSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE
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The IFL/BALCONY DPP, which will be
available to New York State labor unions, businesses and faith-based
groups at workplaces is modeled after the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention
Program. The main objective is to educate and empower at-risk
people so they can take preventative measures to avoid
Type 2 diabetes. The IFL/BALCONY
DPP is a 16-week
program that stresses a healthy lifestyle that adheres to
CDC diabetes prevention standards.
Lou Gordon, BALCONY Director
Rev. Michel Faulkner, IFL President
According to the CDC approximately 25.8
million people, or 8.3 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes.
If the trend continues, one in three adults is expected to have diabetes
by 2050. In New York State 4.5 million people are pre-diabetic. Last year, diabetes cost the
U.S. $245 billion, the American Diabetes Association reported.
Click here for
the CDC's 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet
New York - Percentage of Adults (aged 18 years or older)
Diabetes, 1994 - 2010
Graph Courtesy CDC
Lifestyle modifications that stress
healthy eating and regular exercise can reduce the three-year risk of
developing diabetes by 58% overall and 71% for adults 60 years of age and
older. Weight loss was the dominant predictor of reduced diabetes
incidence and for every 2.2 pounds of weight-loss there was a 16%
reduction in diabetes risk.
Over the course of two years, IFL
gained invaluable knowledge on effective diabetes prevention through the
statewide implementation of its Faith
Fights Diabetes Initiative (FDDI), which mirrors the
CDC's national prevention program. IFL took this program to over 150
churches and counseled more than 2,000 church members in diabetes
will apply the program's methodology to the 16-week DPP.
Goals of the
IFL/BALCONY Diabetes Prevention Program:
1. Promote and disseminate information on the CDC's evidence-based
National Diabetes Prevention Program
2. Recruit Life Coaches who will be able to promote the program within
their communities and effectively communicate the central points that
include lifestyle and environmental changes as well as policy advocacy
3. Develop relationships within participating communities as a way to
promote the program
the IFL/BALCONY Labor Fights Diabetes:
1. Identify at least 5,000 people at risk for diabetes using a modified
version of the American Diabetes Association's Risk Assessment Survey
2. Establish at least 20 Diabetes Prevention Programs in BALCONY
partner work sites
3. Create a program model and structure that allows DPP participants to
receive a reimbursement through their health insurance
IFL/BALCONY Diabetes Prevention Program Symposium
BALCONY and IFL are seeking sponsors to support the event.
A Title sponsorship offers a major
branding opportunity for a company. This level brings the diabetes
prevention program to the sponsor's business. The sponsor's business will
be advertised in all program materials and in radio ads. The sponsor will
be offered remarks at the Diabetes Symposium, 25 tickets to the event, a
banner and a presentation table.
A Co-Title sponsorship means the
sponsor's logo will be advertised in all program materials and in radio
ads. The sponsor's business will be offered remarks at the Diabetes
Symposium, 20 tickets to the event, a banner and a presentation table.
A Prime sponsorship offers the
sponsor advertisement in program materials. The sponsor's business will
receive 20 tickets to the event, a banner and a presentation table.
A Key sponsorship brings with it
advertisement in program materials. The sponsor's business will receive
15 tickets to the event, a banner and a presentation table.
A Supporting sponsorship gives the
sponsor advertisement in program materials, a banner and 15 tickets to
A Key partnership provides
advertisement in program materials and 15 tickets to the event.
A partnership offers advertisement
in program materials and 10 tickets to the event.
A support sponsorship gets advertisement
in program materials and 5 tickets to the event.
sponsor checks should be made out to:
Institute for Leadership
For more information, please contact
Berenyi, Health and Wellness Director
and INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP
BALCONY is co-chaired by Alan Lubin, former executive
vice president of New York State United Teachers, former New York State
Senator Catherine M. Abate, currently CEO of the Community HealthCare
Network, and Robert M. Hayes, Executive Vice President of Universal American
Corp. Lou Gordon has served as BALCONY's Director
since its inception in 2006.
Catherine M. Abate
Robert M. Hayes
has also hosted many public policy forums throughout New
York State which have featured: New
York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, New York City Comptroller John Liu,
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Health and Human Services Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius, former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, former
Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward, New York City Public
Advocate Bill de Blasio, and many more.
leaders who have participated in the
BALCONY events include:
President of Public Employees Federation; Arthur Cheliotes, President of
CWA Local 1180; John Durso, President of the Long Island AFL-CIO; Barbara
Zaron, President of OMCE; Elly Spicer, Director of the New York City
Carpenters Labor Management Corp.; Sara Horowitz, Founder of the
Freelancers Union; and Dick Iannuzzi, President of NYSUT.
key business members are Cynthia DiBartolo, CEO of
Tigress Financial; Bill Samuels, Managing Director of Carlyle Capital
Group; Mark Jaffe, President of the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce;
David Pollak, of The Pegasus Group. Other important BALCONY business
members include: TIAA-CREF, USI Affinity, First Union Trade Bank, The
Amalgamated Bank and The Amalgamated Life Insurance Company.
healthcare provider coalition includes MVP Health Care, CDPHP Health
Care, Transparent Health Care, HSA Bank, Aetna, United Healthcare, Davis
Vision, New York RX, Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, Mount
Sinai Hospital and Universal American.
members include: Medicare
Rights Center, DEMOS, NYCOSH, Community Healthcare Network and WhyHunger.
BALCONY is a
501(c)(4) nonprofit organization.
The Harlem-based Institute For Leadership (IFL)
co-founded by the Rev.
Michel Faulkner has impacted nearly one million New
Yorkers through their community programs and statewide faith-based
consortium to lower the rates of diabetes.
The IFL's mission is to make tomorrow
better by making better leaders today to help community leaders to bring
scalable solutions to difficult community problems. To that end, the IFL
has taken on society's most difficult problems exist in the areas of
health, job creation and families.
The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention estimates that on the present trajectory one in three
Americans will have diabetes by 2050 and IFL has tackled this disease
because it has quickly become the most expensive and challenging health
problems that are facing New York State residents.
In 2010, the IFL launched
the Faith Fights
Diabetes Initiative with a $1.7 million grant from the
New York State Health Foundation as part of their statewide campaign to
impact those at risk for diabetes where they live, work and worship.
Over the course of three years, the
gained invaluable expertise by establishing a highly effective
community-based statewide diabetes prevention model engaged 4,425
congregations involving approximately 875,000 people.
A 2012 study conducted by the New
York Academy of Medicine found that participants in the statewide Faith Fights Diabetes
group-focused program lost weight, managed diabetes and were able to
teach others about adopting healthy lifestyle habits.
The report concluded by saying that
Diabetes model suggests that faith institutions across
New York State have significant capacity for implementing diabetes
prevention and disease management programs. Today, the IFL's
community-based diabetes prevention model is recognized as one of the
nation's most effective and successful programs by providing New Yorkers
the necessary tools to live healthier and longer lives.
The IFL's accomplishments include:
* Engaged 4,425 congregations involving
approximately 875,000 people
* Identified 9,426 people at-risk for
diabetes using the American Diabetes Association survey
* Implemented 161 Defy Diabetes programs
in places of worship totaling more than 2,586 participants
* Identified nearly 500 people who had the
diabetes but were unaware of it
* Launched the Statewide Institute For
Leadership Community Health Worker Association (IFLCHWA),
which certifies and hires workers part-time to educate the public about
how to make and maintain healthy lifestyle
* Trained and certified more than 200
Community Health Workers
* Established a statewide Faith-based
The IFL has hosted many successful
public forums and workshops, including diabetes prevention, job creation
and family development. Our key partners, among others include: the New
York State Health Foundation, Institute For Family Health, Chiaroscuro
Foundation, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD).
The IFL understands that leadership
is the act of taking a position of support and serving others by example.
Our mission is to help develop leaders and help our communities find
scalable solutions. We understand the important contributions we all can
make to society by having the confidence to know when to lead, follow or
get out the way.
The IFL is a
501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based organization founded in 2003.
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Lou Gordon, Director
BALCONY, THE BUSINESS AND LABOR
COALITION OF NEW YORK
Robert M. Hayes,
Co-Chair Business, Sr. VP, Universal American Corp.
Abate, Co-Chair Non-Profit, President/CEO, Community HealthCare Network
Executive Director, New York Labor Health Care Alliance
DiBartolo, Tigress Financial Partners
BALCONY Treasurer; President, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce
Ventimiglia, Saratoga Capital Management
BALCONY Communications Director
BALCONY Director of Special Projects
Brandenstein, BALCONY Events Consultant
BALCONY Development Consultant
Golf Outing Coordinator
Kevin R. Weaver,
Web Master and Computer Consultant
BALCONY is a
501(c)(4) non-profit. Contributions are not tax deductible and BALCONY
does not make political endorsements nor campaign contributions.