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King's Daughters Medical Center will offer its next series of free sessions of the National Diabetes Prevention Program from 5 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday beginning July 29. Sessions will be conducted at King’s Daughters Outpatient Services Center, 480 23rd St., Ashland.

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 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 meet one or more of the following eligibility criteria:

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

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" or with "borderline diabetes."

"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."

“This program is proven to help people lose weight and lower their risk of type 2 diabetes,” Bayes noted.

"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.

For more information about the diabetes prevention program, please contact Bayes by phone at (606) 408-1560 or by email to

KDMC is a locally controlled, not-for-profit, 465-bed regional referral center, offering comprehensive cardiac, vascular, medical, surgical, maternity, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric, cancer, neurological, pain care, wound care and home care services. For additional information, visit us online at or call 1-888-377-KDMC (5362).

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