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You can prevent type 2 diabetes, and King’s Daughters can show you how!

Join KDMC’s lifestyle change coaches, Melanie Fleming, Registered Dietician and Kim Bayes, RN, BSN, to learn how to eat healthier, lose weight and safely increase physical activity.  The National Diabetes Prevention program will begin at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the hospital’s Health Education Center (lower level of the Lexington Avenue parking).

The program is free, but registration is required by calling (606) 408-1560 or (606) 408-9764. Though a physician referral is not required, participants must meet one or more of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be overweight
  • Have a family history of diabetes
  • Have been told by a healthcare professional that they have prediabetes, borderline diabetes or high blood sugar
  • Had gestational diabetes while pregnant

"The sole focus of this program is to prevent people from developing diabetes," said Kim Bayes, lifestyle change coach and program coordinator, for King’s Daughters. As a result, it is not open to those who have been diagnosed or are being treated for diabetes.”

King’s Daughters began offering the program in our region last June. A lifestyle coach meets with participants in small groups over the course of 16 weeks. After the initial sessions are complete, the group meets monthly for another six to eight sessions to support and sustain changes members have made.

"One out of three adults has prediabetes and doesn't know it," said Bayes. "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." 

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