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NIH Awards $3M Grant to PAMF Researchers to Study Physical Activity Effects on Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) have received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to study physical activity among individuals with type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and affects 25.8 million people in the United States – nearly one in 10 Americans.  If current trends continue, it is estimated that one in three American adults will have diabetes by the year 2050.

Lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, are an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and preventing and controlling diabetes. The current American Diabetes Association (ADA) guidelines recommend that individuals with type 2 diabetes engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity every week, as well as strength training three times per week. Current studies show that nearly 70 percent of individuals with type 2 diabetes do not exercise at recommended levels – or at all.

“There is clearly a need to extend physical activity interventions into the clinical setting,” says Latha Palaniappan, M.D., associate investigator at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute and principal investigator for this study.

The Initiate and Maintain Physical Activity in Clinics (IMPACT) study will examine an innovative structured group exercise program within the clinic.

“This study will help patients with diabetes get active and stay active.  We have an important opportunity to improve the care of diabetes nationwide, with innovative science here at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation,” said Dr. Palaniappan.

The IMPACT Study will fill an important research gap by making physical activity an essential part of type 2 diabetes management, establishing it within a health care setting and empowering patients to initiate and maintain physical activity recommendations long-term.

This study, starting in January 2014, will enroll approximately 300 patients with type 2 diabetes.  Adults interested in participating should contact:  IMPACT@pamfri.org for more information.

PAMF Supports Measure Up Pressure Down Campaign

$20,000 Donation to AMGA’s Campaign Will Help Efforts to Reduce Toll of High Blood Pressure

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) announced today that the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) donated $20,000 to support Measure Up Pressure Down, a national campaign to improve high blood pressure prevention, detection and control, spearheaded by the American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF), AMGA’s nonprofit education and research arm. PAMF is one of more than 140 medical groups and health systems that have signed on to participate in the campaign. Although there is no cost for participation, PAMF has demonstrated its commitment to meeting this public health challenge with the contribution.

“AMGF greatly appreciates PAMF’s support and dedication to curbing the burden of high blood pressure,” says Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, president and chief executive officer of AMGA and secretary of the AMGF Board. “PAMF continues to be on the leading edge of health care transformation and we commend them for signing on as a group participant to meet the challenge of reducing high blood pressure, and for providing financial support to help ensure the campaign’s success.” 

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PAMF Breaks Ground on New Westside Clinic in Santa Cruz

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation held a groundbreaking on April 17, 2013, for a new primary care medical clinic in Santa Cruz, scheduled to open for patient care in July 2014. The 18,000-square-foot building will house family medicine, internal medicine and pediatric physicians, and urgent care services. The new facility will eventually accommodate 18 medical providers and support staff.

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