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WCA Hospital Public Relations & Marketing Department
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WCA Diabetes Prevention Program Recognized By The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Pictured from L to R: Janine Brady, DTR, (front) Registered Dietetic Technician and WCA Hospital nutrition office manager; and Renee A. Prechtl, RN, MS, (back) consumer engagement specialist for Chautauqua County Health Network, stand in the Employee Workplace Gym designed to encourage fitness by providing employees with opportunities to be active. The WCA Hospital Diabetes Prevention 16-week workshop recently earned CDC Full Recognition for the hospital’s efforts in preventing or delaying Type 2 Diabetes.

Jamestown, New York (Friday, March 18, 2016)—WCA Hospital recently received Full Recognition by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for their efforts in effectively delivering a quality, evidence-based program that meets all of the standards for CDC recognition in preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes.

The CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

“It is my pleasure to congratulate WCA Hospital and program instructor, Janine Brady, on earning CDC Full Recognition for the hospital’s diabetes prevention program,” said Stephanie Gruss, PhD, MSW, manager, Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“This designation is reserved for programs that have effectively delivered a quality, evidence-based program that meets all of the standards for CDC recognition. The sustained success of WCA Hospital’s lifestyle change program makes an invaluable contribution to the prevention of type 2 diabetes, both in the community and nationally. It is immensely gratifying to see the science of diabetes prevention being implemented to improve the public’s health. It is programs like WCA’s that are turning the tide in the fight against the epidemic of type 2 diabetes.”

Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO added, “Achieving Full Recognition from the CDC reflects the high quality of WCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program as well as our staff’s commitment to our patients’ long-term health.”

The WCA Hospital Diabetes Prevention 16-week Workshop Program focuses on the process of adopting lifestyle changes for healthy eating and physical activity. “You can prevent type 2 diabetes,” says Janine Brady, program instructor. “The sessions are designed to help participants develop life-long skills for healthy living and reinforce step-by-step change. We encourage residents to register for our free workshop that teaches participants the important tools that help prevent diabetes.”

Residents can register for the 16-week workshop by contacting Renee Prechtl at (716) 338-0010, Ext. 1205 or Janine Brady, instructor, at (716) 664-8434. Upcoming workshops will begin in late March.

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