Passport Sponsors Diabetes Alert Day on March 27 for people to “Know Their Numbers”

ADA-passport-logoThe American Diabetes Association is teaming up with Passport Health Plan and The Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program for Alert Day 2018 to encourage providers to share their patient’s risk and then help Kentuckians get the support they need!

Alert Day, set for Tuesday, March 27, will begin an ongoing conversation and campaign about the importance of people “Knowing their Numbers” so they can begin to take the proper steps to reduce their risk for diabetes or start to manage the disease.

Approximately 531,646 people in Kentucky, or 14.5% of the adult population, have diabetes. Of these, an estimated 108,000 have diabetes but don’t know it, greatly increasing their health risk. In addition, more than 1 million Kentuckians have prediabetes with blood glucose levels higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes unless they take immediate action.

For more information, please contact the ADA at 859-268-9129 or You can also go online to for more resources, including a risk test and educational information.


Passport joins with ADA to present ‘Super Saturday’ event in Lexington

ADA-passport-logoPassport and the American Diabetes Association are presenting a special event on Saturday, November 18, in Lexington for residents to come out and learn all about eating better and moving more.

The “Super Saturday” event, which runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will be at the William Wells Brown Community Center at 548 E. Sixth St. in Lexington, is open to the public and will have information for people with diabetes, people with prediabetes, and people who want to help minimize their risk for getting diabetes.

The event will have speakers to provide education and motivation, opportunities for attendees to participate in chair exercises, and a good sampling of healthy food options. There will also be vendors to visit and an opportunity for a free kidney screening, courtesy of the National Kidney Foundation.

To register for the event, please go online to or call (859) 268-9129.


Passport joins with American Diabetes Association to help kids eat healthier

ADA-passport-logoPassport Health Plan and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have created a “Healthy Habits” placemat to help kids understand what they should be eating at school and home to live healthier lives.

The placemats, which are available here, will be shared at schools all across the Commonwealth this month in advance of National Healthy Lunch Day, which takes place on Tuesday, September 19.

According to the ADA, there is lots of confusion about what to eat, including what’s healthful and what’s not. Often the food choices people make are full of calories yet lack the nutritional value the body needs. The result is expanding waistlines, low energy and rising rates of type 2 diabetes and obesity-related illnesses.

The goal of Healthy Lunch Day is to help inspire, encourage and empower people of all ages to eat healthy lunches as much as possible.


Passport and American Diabetes Association encourage all Kentuckians to take part in Diabetes Alert Day

ADA-passport-logoAre you at risk for developing diabetes? The American Diabetes Association and Passport Health Plan are asking all Kentuckians to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test in honor of all the Association’s annual Alert Day set for Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Alert Day is a day to sound the alarm about the prevalence of type 2 diabetes across Kentucky and our country.

Companies and/or organizations interested in participating in Alert Day can download the complete e-toolkit by visiting

The following locations in Lexington will have screenings on Alert Day, March 28, from 10 am to 2 pm:

  • Walmart – 4051 Nicholasville Road
  • Walmart North Park Marketplace – 500 New Circle Road

Paper type 2 diabetes risk tests and other diabetes materials will also be available on Alert Day from 10 am to 2 pm at the following locations:

  • Walmart- 112 Osbourne Way, Georgetown
  • Walmart- 2350 Grey Lag Way, Lexington

The following locations in Louisville will have screenings on Alert Day from 9 am to 2 pm:

  • Neighborhood Place Ujima – 3610 Bohne Ave.
  • Neighborhood Place Charmoli – 200 Juneau Drive, Suite 200
  • Neighborhood Place3 South Central – 4255 Hazelwood Ave.
  • Neighborhood Place South Jefferson/Fairdale – 1000 Neighborhood Place
  • Family Health Centers Portland – 2215 Portland Ave.

For more information, please click here.


Passport brings “Super Saturday” event to Lexington for people to help fight diabetes and live healthier lives

ADA-passport-logoPassport Health Plan is proud to sponsor the American Diabetes Association’s “Super Saturday” event on November 19 in Lexington.

During the free event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at William Wells Brown Community Center in Lexington, attendees can learn about ways to control their diabetes, get recipes and samples of some healthy food options, get some great fitness tips, pick up some fun giveaways, and meet former University of Kentucky and NFL star Derrick Ramsey.

To learn more or to register, please go online to or call (859) 268-9129.


Passport sponsors National Healthy Lunch Day around Kentucky to encourage healthy eating

ADA-passport-logoPassport Health Plan and the American Diabetes Association are celebrating National Healthy Lunch Day on Tuesday, Nov. 15, to highlight the importance of good nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle.

As part of the event, which encourages and motivates Kentucky residents to commit to eating a healthy lunch every day, organizations are encouraged to inform and empower their employees or members to eat right with every bite.

“There is quite a bit of confusion about what to eat because many options are full of calories yet lack nutritional value,” says Lisa Bellafato, health educator for Passport Health Plan. “This can contribute to rising rates of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity-related illnesses. Passport Health Plan is proud to sponsor National Healthy Lunch Day and partner with the American Diabetes Association all around the Commonwealth because we feel that this event will help inform and empower our fellow Kentuckians to make smarter food choices and live healthier lives.”

For more information about National Healthy Lunch Day and how you can participate, please click here.


American Diabetes Association plans “Step Out” walks around Kentucky

diabetes walkThe American Diabetes Association is planning a number of different “Step Out” walks around Kentucky to raise funds and awareness about diabetes.

Step Out participants commit to walk and raise money not only because nearly 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, but because they more than likely know someone who is living with the everyday challenges of diabetes.

Along with a number of walks around the country, the following walks are currently planned for Kentucky in 2016:

  • June 4 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington – click here for more information
  • September 24 at the Big Four Lawn in Louisville – click here for more information

Passport is proud to work closely with the American Diabetes Association, which is the nation’s leading 501(C)3 nonprofit charity providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Click here for more information.


Number of new U.S. diabetes cases sees first drop in years

CDC imageThe number of new cases of diabetes in the United States has finally started to decline, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The rate of new cases fell by about one-fifth from 2008 to 2014, the first sustained decline since the disease started to explode in this country about 25 years ago. According to data released on Tuesday, there were 1.4 million new cases of diabetes in 2014, down from 1.7 million in 2008.

“It seems pretty clear that incidence rates have now actually started to drop,” Edward Gregg, one of the CDC’s top diabetes researchers, told The New York Times. “Initially it was a little surprising because I had become so used to seeing increases everywhere we looked.”

Experts say they do not know whether efforts to prevent diabetes have finally started to work, or if the disease has simply peaked in the population. But they say the shift tracks with the nascent progress that has been reported recently in the health of Americans.

For more information from the CDC, go online to For more information about the American Diabetes Association, go online to or call 1-800-DIABETES (342-2383). Also, click here to learn more about what Passport does to help members who have diabetes.


Simple test can help people see if they are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes

American Diabetes Association logoNearly 26 million people in the U.S. (about 8.3 percent of the population) have diabetes. Of these, about 7 million are undiagnosed, and about 8 million have prediabetes (which is when blood-glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes).

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

As part of National Diabetes Awareness Month, Passport is working with the American Diabetes Association  to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. One easy way to do that is for people to take a simple “Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test” online by clicking here.

For more information about the American Diabetes Association, go online to or call 1-800-DIABETES (342-2383). Also, click here to learn more about what Passport does to help members who have diabetes.


More Than One-Third of Diabetes Cases Undiagnosed, New Study Shows

American Diabetes Association logoAccording to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), while diabetes affects up to 14 percent of the U.S. population, more than one-third of cases still go undiagnosed.

“We need to better educate people on the risk factors for diabetes – including older age, family history and obesity – and improve screening for those at high risk,” lead study author Andy Menke, an epidemiologist at Social and Scientific Systems in Silver Spring, Maryland, told Reuters for an article written this week.

The article said that while screening seems to be catching more cases, it is mainly white people who have benefited; for Hispanic and Asian people in particular, more than half of cases still go undetected.

To learn more about the American Diabetes Association, go online to For more information about the prevalence of diabetes in the U.S., click here to read an article from the Journal of the American Medical Assocoation (JAMA).