OCTOBER 14–16, 2020

Opportunities for the Diabetic and Pre-Diabetic Patients in Fitness & Nutrition Offerings

Dr. Ackermann will review what science has taught us about the relationships between the health of more than 30 million Americans living with diabetes and more than 80 million living with “pre-diabetes” and their dietary patterns, physical activity and body mass. He will describe the basic essential components of fitness and nutrition programs that have been proven to lower blood glucose and improve other important health measures while helping many people to reduce the need for daily medications. Finally, he will highlight some important areas for innovation in both the content and formats for fitness and nutrition programing, as well as opportunities for how to sustain these programs through various forms of reimbursement currently available or emerging within the healthcare sector.


Ronald T Ackerman, MD, MPH, FACP

Senior Associate Dean for Public Health, Director, Institute for Public Health and Medicine, and Director, Center of Diabetes and Metabolism, Northwestern University



Speaker Profile

Ronald T. Ackermann, MD, MPH is senior associate dean for public health and professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He directs Northwestern University’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine and is co-director for the Center for Diabetes and Metabolism. He is a health researcher and practicing primary care clinician who is considered an international expert in the design and evaluation of policies, systems, and programs to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes and other cardiovascular risk conditions. Since 2004, he has been continuously funded as the principal investigator of federal research grants that have helped inform nationwide implementation of community and health system-based interventions to prevent type 2 diabetes, as well as health payer reimbursements for those services. From 2013-2015 he chaired an expert panel of the National Diabetes Education Program to develop new resources and tools to assist practicing healthcare providers in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. He also currently serves as co-chair of the American Medical Association’s Prediabetes Quality Measures Technical Expert Panel, and he is funded by the NIH under federal award R18DK110741 to evaluate the impact of national and regional policies and large-scale health system initiatives aiming to increase rates of prediabetes and diabetes screening, as well as the delivery of interventions to prevent type 2 diabetes among U.S. adults.