A Doña Ana County health awareness initiative has received national recognition for its innovative diabetes management and prevention program.
The Doña Ana County Nuestra Vida program was awarded the 2014 Annual Achievement Award on behalf of the National Association of Counties. Awards are given in 21 different categories, including children and youth, health and county administration.
Nuestra Vida is a collaborative health initiative between Doña Ana County and Memorial Medical Center. The program aims at improving self-managed care behaviors for adults and families with diabetes, improving preventative behaviors and improving community consciousness to support healthy lifestyles.
After a one-year study of the program, 83 percent of the participants saw a decrease in their cholesterol levels. Fifty-four percent lost weight, and 65 percent lowered their blood pressure.
“This is one of the most successful programs offered in our community,” said Jamie Michael, director for the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department. “And it’s done within a cultural context that includes the local environment, culturally-appropriate foods, and language that is easily understood by the participants.”
The program offered tips on healthy grocery shopping, exercise and cooking classes, and support groups.
Nuestra Vida is offered at the Doña Ana County Community Centers in Vado and in Doña Ana. The project will continue through next year and is currently seeking new participants.
Information from Dona Ana County