Fruit Street Health Announces Successful Launch of Telehealth Diabetes Prevention Program
(New York, New York – July 7, 2018) – Fruit Street Health was the first company to deliver the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program via live group video telehealth visits six months ago and today announces that its first six months of clinical outcomes data are on track to exceed the CDC’s requirements for preliminary recognition. Today Fruit Street Health announces that at the six month mark its participants have achieved average weight loss of approximately 5.5% with some participants losing more than 12% of their weight in 90 days.
Laurence Girard, CEO & Founder of Fruit Street, explained, “Our weight loss outcomes at six months are what the CDC requires at 12 months (5% weight loss) which means our participants are losing weight faster than expected. Fruit Street addresses the limitations and barriers of physical class attendance by allowing patients to attend their DPP classes via group telehealth video calls, which eliminates both the cost and wasted travel time of commuting to a physical class. Compared to all other digital programs, Fruit Street is the most similar to an in-person class.”
The Diabetes Prevention Program resulted from clinical work conducted by the Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group, which conducted a major multicenter clinical research study that was published in 2002. The study contained 3,234 participants who were overweight and had prediabetes, and was aimed at discovering whether modest weight loss through dietary changes and increased physical activity or treatment with the oral diabetes drug metformin (Glucophase) was more effective at preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes. Among its findings, the study showed that people at risk for developing diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes by losing 5% of their weight through diet and exercise. DPP participants in the lifestyle intervention group reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent during the study. Lifestyle changes worked particularly well for participants aged 60 and older, reducing their risk by 71 percent.
In the Fruit Street DPP delivery model, a registered dietitian conducts these classes via group video where all of the patients can see and speak to one another. In addition, each patient is issued a Fitbit, wireless scale, and the Fruit Street mobile application which allows them to take pictures of their food and receive feedback from their lifestyle coach. The wireless scale records the weight of the patients throughout the DPP and the Fitbit both encourages and healthy lifestyle and transmits exercise data back to the registered dietitian in a HIPAA compliant environment.
Fruit Street’s DPP telehealth model is a digital version and very similar to the structure of the original DPP clinical trial where patients met with a lifestyle coach at a YMCA in-person. Instead of sitting at a physical table, patients are sitting at a virtual table via group video conferencing conducted on the Fruit Street digital health platform. Girard stated, “Fruit Street’s similarity to the original DPP clinical trial gives us the ability to protect the DPP program integrity and we believe will enable us to deliver excellent clinical outcomes. This similarity combined with the fact patients can do these classes from the convenience of their home or office via telehealth makes the Fruit Street telehealth DPP model a great option for patients who are interested in preventing diabetes or losing weight.”