Lark for Diabetes Prevention earns Full Recognition, the highest level of clinical recognition from the CDC, adding to a growing list of outcomes
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Lark Health, the leader in chronic disease prevention and management, announced today that its Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) received Full Recognition status from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC Full Recognition is the highest level of clinical recognition for the DPP.
“CDC Full Recognition is a huge vote of confidence in Lark’s approach and ensures that our Diabetes Prevention Program is effective, evidence-based, and truly helps people prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, “ said Lark CEO and co-founder Julia Hu. “Lark’s clinically validated technology enables us to provide a highly-personalized diabetes prevention program to each member at risk, and for those who already have diabetes, to help them stay healthier longer.”
Lark’s DPP is the second-largest in the country and the fastest-growing. Lark’s platform enables the delivery of real-time personalized coaching that achieves sustained outcomes at scale. Lark works with dozens of the largest health plans, Medicaid MCOs, and self-insured employers to help their members prevent and manage chronic disease.
Nicholas Perez joined Lark’s Diabetes Prevention Program after his blood pressure and weight reached peaks and he was at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. While enrolled in the Lark DPP, he lost almost 100 pounds and controlled his blood pressure, reducing his systolic from 170 mmHg to about 130 mmHg. “Lark has been a big part of my life for the past 8 months. It’s helped build me up. I can never thank Lark enough,” said Perez.
56 percent of members engaged in Lark’s DPP achieved at least 5 percent weight loss, the standard for preventing the progression to Type 2 Diabetes. This compares with an average of 35 percent of members in other large programs. Weight loss of 5 percent can reduce risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 58 percent and help manage other chronic conditions such as hypertension.
“Chronic conditions are the challenge of our lifetime, and tackling the problem requires Lark’s capabilities – namely, the scale and cost effectiveness to serve millions of consumers, wherever they are and whenever they need it,” added Hu.
In order to receive CDC Full Recognition, the highest level of recognition, Lark’s DPP had to meet or surpass six engagement and clinical measures, including high engagement during the entire year, a high percentage of validated weight measurements over time, and average weight loss of 5 percent or greater in the year-long program.
Lark Health is the leading chronic disease prevention and management platform using proven coaching and smart, connected devices to deliver better health outcomes at scale. Lark’s DPP, which is the fastest growing and lowest cost DPP, has received CDC Full Recognition. Lark works with 5 of the 10 the largest payors and hundreds of self-insured employers to help their members live healthier lives while lowering health spending. Founded by CEO Julia Hu in 2011, the company was named “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World” alongside Uber and Airbnb.
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