CDC awards full recognition to IVCH Diabetes Prevention Program


PERU - A local diabetes prevention program has received full recognition from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The IVCH program helps Illinois Valley residents who have prediabetes deal more effectively with the disease

Deb Redd, coordinator of the Diabetes Center for Excellence at Illinois Valley Community Hospital, said notification the center had achieved full recognition status came in a letter from Ann Albright, director of the CDC’s division of diabetes translation.

“The sustained success of your lifestyle change program makes an invaluable contribution to the prevention of type 2 diabetes,” said Albright. “It is programs like yours that are turning the tide in the fight against the epidemic of type 2 diabetes.”

Redd, who is also a certified lifestyle coach, said the goal of the IVCH program is to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems. An estimated one in three Americans has prediabetes, Redd added, and nine out of 10 people who have the disease do not know they have it.

For more information about Diabetes Center for Excellence at IVCH, call (815) 780-3576.

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