Winning Health | Gold Coast Health Plan | Issue 3 | Spring 2019

Compassionate care, accessible to all, for a healthy community. ISSUE 3, SPRING 2019 Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP) has a new Diabetes Prevention Program. The program for this new benefit was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal of the program is to work with people with prediabetes to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal but not yet diabetes. You may be at risk for getting type 2 diabetes if you: ●  ● Are 45 years of age or older. ●  ● Are overweight. ●  ● Have a family history of type 2 diabetes. ●  ● Are physically active fewer than three times per week. ●  ● Had diabetes while pregnant. Prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes raises your risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and loss of toes, feet or legs. New Diabetes Prevention Program If you have prediabetes, it can be reversed! You can cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half by losing 5 to 7 percent of your body weight. GCHP’s new Diabetes Prevention Program is offered in English and Spanish and is led by a lifestyle coach that is trained to lead the program to help you: ●  ● Learn new skills. ●  ● Set and meet goals. ●  ● Keep you motivated. Know Your Medi-Cal benefits Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP) has Benefit Information Meetings each month throughout the county. These meetings are in both English and Spanish. You will learn about your benefits and how to receive them, along with other resources. For meetings near you, visit GCHP’s website, , or call Member Ser vices at 1-888-301-1228/ TTY 1-888-310-7347 . The coach will also lead discussions and help make the program fun and interesting. Together with your peers, you can share ideas, celebrate successes and work to overcome barriers. IF YOU WOULD like to learn more about how to prevent diabetes or about the GCHP Diabetes Prevention Program, speak with your Primary Care Provider (PCP) or call Member Ser vices at 1-888-301-1228/ TTY 1-888-310-7347 . Standard U.S. Postage PAID Long Beach, CA Permit No. 2041 WINNING