ONEIDA — About 88 million American adults, that is 1 out of 3, have prediabetes.
Never heard of prediabetes?
Prediabetes means that your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not quite high enough to be diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Not only does prediabetes increase your risk of Type 2 Diabetes, but also for stroke and heart disease.
Now, for the good news, prediabetes can often be reversed by making purposeful lifestyle changes like eating healthier and being more active. Even better news, the Madison County Rural Health Council offers a free evidence-based Prevent T2 Lifestyle Change Program to support you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle with the next session starting in the fall.
The program has also once again earned CDC Full Recognition.
“This designation is reserved for programs that have effectively delivered a quality, evidence-based program that meets all of the standards for CDC recognition,” said Ann Albright, director of the Division of Diabetes Translation National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. “The sustained success of your lifestyle change program makes an invaluable contribution to the prevention of type 2 diabetes, both in your community and nationally. You and your colleagues should be extremely proud of this accomplishment. It is programs like yours that are turning the tide in the fight against the epidemic of type 2 diabetes.”
The Madison County Rural Health Council has been offering the Prevent T2 program for more than five years in Madison County. It first achieved CDC full recognition in 2018 and will continue to hold this status until 2022.
The overall goal of the Prevent T2 Lifestyle Change Program is for participants to lose 5-7 percent bodyweight and gradually increase their physical activity to a moderate pace for at least 150 minutes per week. The combination of increasing physical activity and adjusting eating habits to healthier ones is the perfect recipe for success in this program.
The CDC-approved curriculum topics covered in each one-hour session are practical, relatable and delivered by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a group setting, organizers said. Typically, the program has been offered in-person at a local library or other setting. However, given the current COVID-19 crisis, presenters will take safety precautions and offer the program virtually via Zoom starting Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to noon.
The program runs for one year with weekly sessions for 16 weeks and then transitions to once per month for eight months.
If you have been diagnosed by your health care provider with prediabetes, patients are encouraged to sign up today. If you are unsure if you have prediabetes, take a quick Prediabetes Risk Test at doihaveprediabetes.org to determine if you are at risk.
To join the upcoming Prevent T2 Lifestyle Change Program or for any questions about the program, contact Stephanie Henry, program coordinator, at 315-454-2108 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register on the website at www.mcruralhealthcouncil.org. Click on “Contact Us” to complete the form.