— The Omada program for employees: Omada is an online program clinically designed to help pre-diabetic participants reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Omada guides participants through a 16-week core curriculum with personalized health coaching, a small support group, digital tracking tools — including a digital scale that’s synched with the program and mobile devices — and more.
In a published Omada study, after 16 weeks, participants in the program, on average, lose 4-5 percent of their body weight and Omada’s two-year data show they maintain the weight loss.
Omada is available free for BJC Medical Plan participants and their spouses who meet certain criteria. For more information about the program, visit the Omada website.
Outpatient dietitians at BJC hospitals: BJC employees, spouses and dependents enrolled in the BJC Medical Plan are entitled to up to $1,000 worth of nutrition counseling services per calendar year, with no out-of-pocket expenses, as long as the services are received from providers in the BJC Facility Network or Cigna Open Access Plus (OAP) Network. Go to the BJC Total Rewards website for a list of nutrition counseling services across BJC.
Livongo for Diabetes program: BJC also offers the Livongo for Diabetes program at no cost to eligible 2017 BJC Medical Plan participants and covered family members (age 18 and older) who have been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. To date, 725 BJC Medial Plan participants have enrolled in the Livongo for Diabetes program.
Those enrolled in the program receive the Livongo “connected” glucose meter, which uses cellular technology to automatically upload blood glucose readings to the participant’s private, online account that resides on Livongo’s secure website. After each reading, program participants receive immediate feedback to help them manage their diabetes effectively.
In addition to the meter, participants have access to real-time, personalized support from Livongo coaches. Coaches are certified diabetes educators who are available anytime by phone, email, text or mobile app to give personalized guidance on blood glucose readings, nutrition or lifestyle changes. Program participants also get unlimited test strips and lancets mailed to their home at no cost.
To learn more, visit the Livongo for Diabetes program website (registration code: BJC) or call Livongo Member Support, toll-free 800.945.4355.