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FAMU Center for Health Equity's Diabetes Intervention Program Pushes for CDC Recognition

Otis Kirksey FAMU Pharmacy
Posted at 5:38 PM, Feb 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-13 13:43:01-05

Tallahassee, Fl. (WTXL) -- Florida A&M University says they are pursuing recognition from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) as a provider of the agency's lifestyle intervention program for diabetes prevention.

Three researchers at FAMU are now certified to deliver the national diabetes prevention program curriculum. They received the two day training at Emory University's School of Public Health.

The program is designed to treat patients at risk of developing type two diabetes and can help reduce the risk of developing the disease by 58 percent in people with pre-diabetes. FAMU will be submitting its application for recognition for the status later this month.

"Its a gradual life-changing program", said Pharm.D. Otis Kirksey, "Its not a fat diet program or anything like that. What we want to do is change behavior and as we change behavior, the culture will begin to change."

Enrollment for the center's first class is expected to begin in march. The FAMU Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences Page is here: www.pharmacy.famu.edu/