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DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group Expands Workplace Diabetes Education Program to Sterling Heights Plant

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 24, 2007 - The Chrysler Group announced today that it will expand its innovative diabetes care program, “Driving DCX,” to its Sterling Heights Assembly plant.

Driving DCX (Diabetes Care eXperts) was piloted at the Auburn Hills headquarters from August 2005 to February 2006 to improve the health and quality of life of employees with diabetes. More than 160 people participated in the pilot.

Chrysler employees learned how to gain control over their cholesterol, BMI and blood glucose levels through meal planning, exercise, prescribed medications and regular medical care.

The pilot program generated impressive results in clinical outcomes and overall health:

  • Participants’ knowledge about diabetes care increased by 18.6 percent.
  • Participants showed statistically significant improvements in controlling their cholesterol and achieving their target Body Mass Index. (BMI is a relationship between body weight and height; a normal value is 25 or less; between 25-30 is considered overweight; above 30 is considered obese.)
  • Participants who kept their blood glucose levels at the desired level increased from 68 percent to 77 percent.

Cholesterol, BMI, glucose levels are major risk factors for serious complications and other diseases. Regular monitoring helps prevent some of the major problems that diabetes can cause, such as blindness, kidney disease and nerve damage.

Driving DCX was developed in partnership with Henry Ford Health System and Health Alliance Plan to integrate diabetes care within DaimlerChrysler’s existing workplace wellness programs.

“The initial phase of our workplace diabetes program – Driving DCX – has been recognized as a genuine success story," said Kate Kohn-Parrott, Chrysler Group Director – Integrated Health Care and Disability. "Chrysler Group is proud to lead the industry in the health awareness and disease management programs it offers its employees."

Following the successful roll-out at DaimlerChrysler's headquarters, company health care executives expanded the program to the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. Already 60 employees at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant have signed up to receive their initial health appointments and screenings.

"If you think about it, the average person with diabetes only spends four to six hours per year receiving care at a doctor's office, 2,000 hours per year at their place of employment and about 8,000 hours at home," said Bruce Muma, MD, Medical Director of Chronic Care, Henry Ford Medical Group. "We intend to reduce the burden of this disease by bringing this new approach directly into the workplace."

Core components of Driving DCX are:

  • Confidential onsite health screening that includes average blood sugar level, cholesterol and blood pressure tests
  • Confidential depression screening and follow-up treatment administered by ValueOptions
  • Six individual coaching sessions with certified diabetes educators from Henry Ford Medical Group that focus on achieving personal health goals and managing medications and diet to control blood glucose levels
  • Incentives—participants will receive gift certificates

The DCX program pairs innovative work from Henry Ford Medical Group (HFMG) with the existing workplace wellness infrastructure maintained by StayWell at The Chrysler Group. Novo Nordisk provided the funding support. Health Alliance Plan provides the overall project management.

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About the Chrysler Group
The Chrysler Group is the Auburn Hills, Michigan-based unit of DaimlerChrysler AG. Employing more than 84,000 people worldwide, the Chrysler Group manufactures, markets, distributes and, through its Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge dealers, sells cars, minivans, sport-utility vehicles and trucks to customers in more than 125 countries worldwide. In 2006, Chrysler Group sold 2.7 million vehicles globally. The Company employs 2,668 at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit.

About HFHS
Henry Ford Health System is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems, with 17,000 employees caring for more than 1 million patients annually with its flagship hospital, education and research center in Detroit; and a network of four community hospitals, 25 medical centers and pharmacies, home care, medical equipment companies, nursing homes, and numerous other related services throughout Southeast Michigan. For additional information, visit henryford.com.

About HAP
Headquartered in Detroit, Health Alliance Plan is a nonprofit health plan serving 576,000 members and 2,800 employer groups. HAP is a subsidiary of the Henry Ford Health System, one of the nation's leading regional health care systems. The health plan serves companies of all sizes through the flagship HMO, PPOs, experience-rated, fully insured and self-funded products, and consumer-driven health plans with compatible health savings accounts. The National Committee for Quality Assurance awarded HAP's commercial HMO its highest status, Excellent Accreditation, and Alliance Health and Life Insurance Company’s PPO Full Accreditation.

SOURCE Chrysler Group
Web Site: http://www.media.daimlerchrysler.com/; http://www.daimlerchrysler.com/; http://www.iacoccafoundation.org/

Contacts:
David Elshoff
Chrysler Group Communications
(248) 512-2690
dte@dcx.com

Dwight Angell
HFHS Media Relations
(313) 876-8709
dangell@hfhs.org

Susan Schwandt, APR
HAP Public Relations
(248) 443-1076
sschwan1@hap.org

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