Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Free Program Being Offered to Those At Risk for Diabetes

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill is offering a free multi-week program geared to help people at risk of becoming diabetic.

It’s part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, a free, lifestyle-change program designed to help individuals prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes. Programs are being offered in Pottsville and New Ringgold beginning in late October. 

The New Ringgold sessions are held Wednesday evenings beginning October 25. The Pottsville programs will be offered Thursday afternoons beginning October 26.

LVH–Schuylkill’s Diabetic Educators have been trained as lifestyle coaches and will work with participants to learn skills to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

To register, participants are asked to call 570-621-4997

People with pre-diabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type II diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years if they do not take steps to prevent it. 

The program consists of 16 weekly sessions and an additional six monthly sessions. There are certain requirements for the program. LVH–Schuylkill clinical diabetes educators can give more information or register those who are eligible.

Research shows that modest behavior changes, such as making better food choices and increasing physical activity, reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people at high-risk for developing this disease. The National Diabetes Prevention Program brings together federal agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, employers, insurers, health care professionals, academia, and other stakeholders to prevent or delay the onset of type II diabetes among people with pre-diabetes. www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention.

One in three American adults has pre-diabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater. The Diabetes Prevention Program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type II diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”

Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes LVH–Schuylkill groups will meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

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