Department of Management Services

State's Successful Diabetes Prevention Program to Launch for a Second Year


August 1, 2017

  Contact: DMS Communications, 850-413-7448


Florida Blue and Capital Health Plan partner with the State of Florida to support the health and wellness of state employees

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Department of Management Services’ Division of State Group Insurance (DSGI), in partnership with the state’s vendors Florida Blue and Capital Health Plan, is launching the second year of a Diabetes Prevention Program pilot for state employees who live and work in Leon County. The pilot is valued at $400 per person and is offered at no cost to the participant or the state. Starting today, state employees have the opportunity to enroll in the 16-week lifestyle change program.

 “After reviewing the health of our state employee population, the department identified diabetes as one of the most common and costly preventable chronic diseases affecting our employees,” said DMS Secretary Erin Rock. “The health and wellbeing of our state employees and their families is our top priority, and the Diabetes Prevention Program has allowed us to promote healthy lifestyle changes for our employees that lower their risk for developing diabetes while also working to save valuable taxpayer dollars. We are thankful for the support of Florida Blue and Capital Health Plan and their willingness to commit to a second year of the program.” 

 The first year of the pilot launched in April 2016 to help participants learn about proper nutrition, weight control and exercise in an effort to prevent diabetes. Through the pilot, 200 state employees who live or work in Leon County and were at risk of developing diabetes enrolled in a 16-week lifestyle change program. In the first year, fifty percent of participants attended a minimum of nine classes and lost a combined total of more than 1,000 pounds. Fifty-six participants have achieved the program benchmark—a minimum 5 percent weight loss—and 24 participants exceeded the program benchmark by achieving a greater than 10 percent weight loss.

 “Diabetes prevention is a critical issue for Floridians as well as all Americans. The State of Florida employee group has had terrific success with the Diabetes Prevention Program piloted last year. Florida Blue is proud to partner with the State of Florida in offering a second program in 2017,” said Florida Blue’s Vice President of Clinical Affairs Carmella Sebastian, MD, MS.

 “Data from the 2016-2017 pilot supports the evidence from previous Diabetes Prevention Program studies that people who engage, adhere and complete the program are the most successful. CHP supports the program and the partnership with Florida Blue and the State of Florida,” said Mary A. Goble, MSN, RN, Capital Health Plan’s Director of Health Promotions and Medication Management Services.

 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average annual medical expenses for a person with diabetes are $13,700, which is approximately 2.3 times higher than the medical expenses of someone without diabetes. Research shows that structured lifestyle change programs can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent and can result in cost savings through reduction in health care spending.

 The Department of Management Services is launching the second year of the pilot today, August 1, 2017. Those interested in participating can learn more by visiting for Capital Health Plan members or for Florida Blue members.