The Skinny Gene Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preventing type 2 diabetes. We help to educate those who are at-risk, empower them by providing personalized nutrition counseling, accountability, and support to prevent the progression of prediabetes into full-blown type 2 diabetes.
The Skinny Gene Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes.
• Our year-long program helps participants make real lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, including physical activity into their daily lives, and improving problem-solving and coping skills.
• Participants meet with a trained lifestyle coach and a small group of people who are making lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes. Sessions are weekly for 6 months and then monthly for 6 months.
Our proven program can help people with prediabetes and/or at risk for type 2 diabetes make achievable and realistic lifestyle changes and cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.
We currently offer our Skinny Gene Diabetes Prevention Program on-site at many community health centers throughout San Diego County. We also offer on-line programs to serve those in need throughout the U.S.
We realize the “need” exceeds our reach, so the Skinny Gene Project also trains community centers, health care providers, and lifestyle coaches how to implement this proven program in their communities.
The Skinny Gene Project is a part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We collaborate with federal agencies, community-based organizations, employers, insurers, health care professionals, academia, and other stakeholders to bring evidence-based lifestyle modification programs to those at-risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The following are just a few of our state and local partners in prevention.
• CA Department of Public Health
• CA WISEWOMAN Program (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Woman Across the Nation)
• Healthy Works: Prevention Initiative- County of San Diego HHSA
• San Diego County Medical Society Foundation
• San Diego WIC Dietetic Internship
The following clinics have partnered to provide our unique Skinny Gene Diabetes Prevention Program (SGDPP) to their at-risk patients.
• Logan Heights Family Health Centers
• Scripps City Heights Wellness Center
• Vista Community Clinic
Prevention, for the people, by the people
Volunteerism is at the core of our success. It is health-minded people like you that make it possible for us to end the trend of diabetes and bring prevention to the people.
There are several opportunities to use your special talents, as part of Team Skinny Gene, to help us bring diabetes prevention services to those in need.
Since the Skinny Gene Diabetes Prevention Program is a part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), some insurance companies may cover the cost of the program.
Many commercial insurance companies, like United HealthGroup, have added this service as a covered benefit. Several state employee benefit plans (e.g. Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Washington) are also covering the diabetes prevention program as a way to reduce costs and improve employee health.
Although our proven interventions have shown that older adults can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than 70 percent, Medicare does not cover any programs within the NDPP. However, national partners are working together to educate Congress about the benefits and costs savings to Medicare if this evidence-based program was available to Medicare beneficiaries. Several bills have been introduced to have Medicare cover this service.
If your job-based health plan does not cover a diabetes prevention program, another alternative might be to use a Flexible Spending Account (also known as a flexible spending arrangement), if it is available.
We realize that although diabetes has no boundaries, access to care does. One of the biggest barriers we must overcome is how to provide quality, evidence-based lifestyle modification programs to low-income, underserved populations. Those with the greatest need and desire to prevent diabetes often have the least amount of resources to afford such care.
As a non-profit organization, we frequently raise money specifically to provide financial assistance, scholarship programs, and subsidized community programs to ensure those with the greatest need are afforded the opportunity to end the trend of diabetes.