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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, and Senator Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced $257,000 in funding for Marshall University’s Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project (ADCTP), which provides diabetes education, prevention, and monitoring.

“Diabetes is a national epidemic and particularly serious problem in West Virginia, affecting more than 1 in 10 adults in the state,” said Rockefeller.  “The work being done at Marshall University on diabetes education and prevention is crucial and helps thousands of West Virginians.  The Appalachian Regional Commission’s investment in this program is a testament to the good work they are doing.  But there is more to be done and that’s why I introduced a bill to combat diabetes head on by expanding the proven National Diabetes Prevention Program to Medicare.  There is much at stake in our fight against diabetes, and we should give West Virginians and all Americans every opportunity to live long, healthy lives.  It’s up to us to build a healthier West Virginia and this bill is an important step in that direction.”

“The health and safety of all West Virginians should never be ignored,” Senator Manchin said. “If we give people the right information and the right tools, it’ll be easier for them to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  And that’s one of the first steps in overcoming such a ravaging disease. I commend Marshall University’s commitment to fighting diabetes, an illness that affects far too many people across our state. Marshall’s leadership in research, treatment and prevention is making a big difference in the lives of West Virginians of all ages who struggle each day against the often deadly consequences of diabetes.”

“If we stick to some basic healthy nutrition and exercise guidelines, the good news is we can often conquer diabetes before it even strikes,“  said Rahall.  “To get our best return on this investment, healthy recipes have to taste good and exercise routines have to be workable.  Through a growing grassroots coalition, the ARC and CDC are helping write a winning formula that benefits family health all around.”            

The funding for this grant is provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission.  Marshall University’s ADCTP focuses on diabetes education and prevention through local coalitions and various outreach efforts.  ARC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have sponsored ADCTP since 2002.  ARC and CDC have committed $2,595,120 to ADCTP since 2002.

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