At Take Control, we use proven theories of behavior change to empower our participants to set realistic goals that allow for long-term health improvement, and lower overall healthcare costs. Our health coaches are committed to building a supportive, trusting relationship with each participant. Our programs are successful because we create a unique program for each participant. Many disease management programs offer online cookie-cutter information to read, with no clear direction or guidance on behavior change.
We assess each participant’s health individually, and then create a custom health improvement plan for each person. Our plans are comprehensive and include overall goals to address nutrition, physical activity, medication, participant mind set, health screening data, along with motivations and incentives. Participants are given a clear focus and game plan for each month they are in the program.
Average weight loss after year-long Risk Reduction Program intervention program is 8%.
Research has shown that a modest weight loss of 5% improves blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood glucose.
Reference: Blackburn G. (1995). Effect of degree of weight loss on health benefits. Obesity Research 3: 211S-216S. 2 Reference for 10%: NIH, NHLBI Obesity Education Initiative. Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults.
At program entry, the average blood pressure reading for a group of participants was 138/86. At the end of the one-year Risk Reduction Program, the average blood pressure reading for participants was 120/77. This change over the course of the year took participants from the classification of pre-hypertension to normal blood pressure.
Source for blood pressure classification: JNC 7 – Joint National Commission on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.
Life-style modification has been recommended by the National Cholesterol Education Program as the first approach to reduce serum lipid values and the risk for coronary heart disease. During the one-year Risk Reduction Program, our participants were able to achieve positive decreases in both total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, while at the same time preserving HDL (“good”) cholesterol values.
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Source for cholesterol classification: ATP III Classification of LDL, total, and HDL cholesterol (mg/dl)
A hemoglobin A1c test is the standard test for diabetes control. This blood test correlates with a person’s average blood glucose level over a span of about 3 months. Current practice standards indicate that good diabetes control is achieved when an individual’s A1c is 7% or less. Take Control participants have an A1c drawn at program entry and completion. On average a 0.9 point (12%) reduction has been seen in participants graduating from the Risk Reduction Program. Average A1c level in the Risk Reduction Program has been less than 7% for each contracted group. This A1c reduction has been sustained in our follow-up Education and Support Program.
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