Do you provide healthcare to adults with diabetes or hypertension who live in Seminole, Okemah, Jay, Perry, Altus, Hobart, or Enid?


As an extension of the Double Up Oklahoma (DUO) program, DUO for Health aims to improve fruit and vegetable access and intake among Oklahomans with chronic disease who participate in SNAP.

We are seeking healthcare partners, who patients view as trusted sources of nutrition advice, to help spread the word about the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables.

Empower you patients to eat more fruits and vegetables for better health.

Learn More

What is DUO for Health?
DUO for Health provides eligible physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants with free patient education materials about the effective use of fruits and vegetables for glycemic and blood pressure control. All materials have been designed by a registered dietitian and reviewed by faculty experts at the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health and the OU-TU School of Community Medicine Culinary Medicine program.
Why DUO for Health?

Hypertension and diabetes are major contributors to morbidity 1,2 and mortality3 in Oklahoma. The American Heart Association4 and the American Diabetes Association5 strongly endorse diets that are rich in fruits and vegetables for the management of these conditions. A recent study conducted by medical school faculty at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University found that less than 5% of all Oklahoma adults with diabetes and hypertension are eating the minimum guidelines for fruits and vegetables.6 National research suggests that most adults view their physicians as trusted sources for nutrition information.7 We believe Oklahoma physicians can play a pivotal role in shifting patient views and desires to take control of their health through better eating.

How will my patients benefit?

National research suggests more than half of patients with diabetes have yet to receive any formal nutrition counseling for blood sugar management.8 Similarly, patients with hypertension only receive nutrition counseling by their medical providers one-third of the time.9 Brief counseling from healthcare providers can effectively spark change in patient eating behaviors.10 As a DUO for Health partner, you will receive free materials that provide patients with meal ideas, recipes, and free access to vegetable knife skills videos to support ongoing behavior change.

References

1Hypertension and diabetes leading contributors to morbidity in OK United Health Foundation Analysis of the CDC. Public Health Impact: Diabetes. America’s Health Rankings. 2020. Accessed 2022. https://www.americashealthrankings.org/explore/annual/measure/Diabetes/state/OK
2United Health Foundation Analysis of the CDC. Public Health Impact: Hypertension. America’s Health Rankings. 2019. Accessed 2022. https://www.americashealthrankings.org/explore/annual/measure/Hypertension/state/OK
3Hypertension and diabetes are leading causes of mortality Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Stats for the State of Oklahoma. National Center for Health Statistics. April 9, 2018. Accessed 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/states/oklahoma/oklahoma.htm
4 Lichtenstein AH, Appel LJ, Vadiveloo M, et al. 2021 Dietary Guidance to Improve Cardiovascular Health: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2021;144(23):e472-e487.
5Evert AB, Dennison M, Gardner CD, et al. Nutrition Therapy for Adults With Diabetes or Prediabetes: A Consensus Report. Diabetes Care. 2019;42(5):731-754.
6 Whelan, L, Hartwell, M, Bell, SB Thomas, V, Huff, D., Wetherill, MS. Lifestyle Risk Factors and Chronic Disease in Oklahoma: A secondary analysis of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey 2017. Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association. 2019; 112(9): 349-356.
7 Food Insight (2018). 2018 Food & Health Survey. International Food Information Council Foundation. https://foodinsight.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018-FHS-Report-FINAL.pdf
8Ali MK, Bullard KM, Saaddine JB, Cowie CC, Imperatore G, Gregg EW. Achievement of goals in U.S. diabetes care, 1999-2010. N Engl J Med 2013;368:1613–1624
9 Mellen PB, Palla SL, Goff DC Jr, Bonds DE. Prevalence of nutrition and exercise counseling for patients with hypertension. United States, 1999 to 2000. J Gen Intern Med. 2004;19(9):917-924. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1497.2004.30355.x
10 Beresford SA, Curry SJ, Kristal AR, Lazovich D, Feng Z, Wagner EH. A dietary intervention in primary care practice: the Eating Patterns Study. Am J Public Health. 1997;87(4):610-616. doi:10.2105/ajph.87.4.610

Getting Started

How can my practice become a DUO for Health partner?

If you provide healthcare to Oklahoma adults with diabetes or hypertension who live in Seminole, Okemah, Jay, Perry, Altus, Hobart, or Enid, your practice is eligible to receive free hard copies of DUO for Health patient brochures, recipes, and additional resources to share with your patients.

Enrollment is as easy as 1-2-3!
  1. Complete a short enrollment survey to help us better understand your patient population and current use of nutrition in patient care
  2. Receive your first bundle pack of DUO for Health materials and provide to patients with diabetes or hypertension during routine medical visits
  3. Request a refill by completing another short follow-up survey about your experience and satisfaction with materials

 

 

Note: Materials are distributed at the provider level.  Each participating provider at a practice must complete their own request for materials. If your practice is not in one of the above Oklahoma communities, please complete our waitlist form to receive an invitation once your community is eligible.

Not ready to enroll but want to learn more?

Request a call from our staff by completing this short form with a name, number, and email. 

Resources

Patient Brochures

DUO for Health resources are available for free download for any healthcare provider, regardless of the location of their practice or population served.

Click here to download this two-page PDF flyer (16×9):

 

Patient Recipes

Coming soon!

Vegetable Cooking Skills Videos
"Food as Medicine" CME
CME on prescribing food as medicine for patients with diabetes and hypertension is forthcoming. Stay tuned.

This organization is an equal opportunity provider.
This work is supported by the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Grant Program from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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