King's Daughters Medical Center is proud to bring the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Diabetes Prevention Program to Ashland, beginning Tuesday, Aug. 27. Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their lives and lose weight to prevent developing diabetes in later years.
The program is made possible, in part, by funding from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meetings take place at 10 a.m. every Tuesday beginning Aug. 27 in KDMC’s Health Education Center.
The diabetes prevention program focuses on lifestyle changes that can help participants reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It is specifically designed for people who have been diagnosed as "having prediabetes.”
"One out of three adults has prediabetes and doesn't know it," said Kim Bayes, RN, diabetes educator for King's Daughters. "This program is designed to help those people who are at risk of developing the disease make lifestyle changes that research has shown to be effective in preventing the development of type 2 diabetes."
The diabetes prevention program provides participants with a lifestyle coach who meets with them in small groups over the course of 16 weeks. The coach works closely with participants to make modest lifestyle changes; eat healthier; be more physically active; and reduce stress. Education and motivation are important parts of the program.
After the initial 16 sessions are complete, the group meets monthly for another six-eight sessions to support the changes members have made and help them sustain their progress.
The program is free. A physician referral is not required but members must be at least 18 years old and meet one or more of the following eligibility criteria:
"The sole focus of this program is to prevent people from developing diabetes," Bayes said. As a result, it is not open to those who have been diagnosed or are being treated for diabetes. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Bayes by phone at (606) 408-1560 or by email to email@example.com.
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