Txt4Health is a mobile health information service designed to help people understand their risk for type 2 diabetes and become more informed about the steps they can take to lead healthy lives. For a flyer about the program, please click this link and feel free to share and distribute.
This innovative public health initiative offers participants a new way to take actions towards a healthier life. The 14-week text-based program encourages participants to engage with and manage their health, helps them assess their type 2 diabetes risk level, sets individualized goals for increased activity and weight loss, and provides connections to local health care providers and existing wellness and diabetes prevention resources already available.
Individuals enroll in the txt4health program by texting “HEALTH” to 300400 using their mobile phones. To set up their personal profile, each participant is asked brief questions that assess their risk for type 2 diabetes.
Based on their text responses, individuals receive SMS text messages each week with timely, relevant information to help them improve and manage their health and connect with the best possible resources for their needs. These resources may include phone numbers to find a local health care provider, a website with information on diabetes prevention or healthy eating habits, a local health screening event, or a discount at a local pharmacy or grocery chain.
The txt4health program is made possible through a public-private initiative that includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Voxiva, and the three Beacon Communities that are piloting this program: Crescent City (New Orleans), Southeast Michigan and Greater Cincinnati.
This campaign is part of a broad effort in the Beacons to deploy new consumer ehealth tools to help individuals better manage their health.
What's Your Story?
Do you have a story about how diabetes has affected you or your family? If you would like to submit your story to Txt4Health, follow these steps:
- Sign up for Txt4Health by texting the word HEALTH to 300400.
- Then place your video on your YouTube page and e-mail the link to us here. Or you can place a comment on our YouTube page to let us know where your video is located.
- Your video must conclude with information about how to sign up for Txt4Health: Text HEALTH to 300400 to sign up for Txt4Health! (We can add that for you if necessary.)
That's it! Here is an example:
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Diabetes and Weight Loss Classes around Hamilton County, Ohio
For a list of hospitals in Kentucky offering diabetes education, please click here.
Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs from Tri-Health, on the second Tuesday of each month (every month except June-August and December) from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion. Meetings are free and open to the public, and include guest speakers who present on diabetes-related topics. Call 513-865-1126 for more information.
Nutrition and Diabetes Class from Clinton Memorial Hospital, on the second Thursday of the month AND the fourth Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 610 W. Main St., Wilmington. Registration, fee and physical referral required. 937-382-9307; or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
UC Health offers Diabetes Education to help patients successfully manage their disease and live a healthy lifestyle. Classes at both UC Health campuses in Clifton and West Chester at their UC Health Physicians Offices offer group and individual education. To learn more, call (513) 475-7400.
Diabetes Academy at Physician Associates of Delhi, 425 Farrell Ct., 2-4p, Tuesday, January 15, 2013. Call to register: 513-451-6871.
Contact Us with Your Diabetes Education Classes and Events:
If your organization offers diabetes education classes, please send us the name of the program, the specific days, dates and times along with a short description and contact information. Please include a link to a Website where Txt4Health participants can go for more information. Please call 513-946-7808 or e-mail us by clicking here.