Beginning in January, community members will be preventing type 2 diabetes together with the lifestyle change intervention offered by the Newport 60+ Activities Center. The Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is estimated that 45 percent of people in Lincoln County have higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels. People with prediabetes may develop type 2 diabetes within three years if they do not take steps to prevent it.
The Diabetes Prevention Program, led by a trained lifestyle coach, is a safe place where groups of participants learn the skills they need to make changes to prevent diabetes. Participants work toward losing weight, being more physically active and managing stress.
Diabetes Prevention Program groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for six 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.
To find out if you are eligible to join the program, call 541-270-5234. An information/orientation session will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, at the Newport 60+ Activities Center.
The Diabetes Prevention Program will meet on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at the Newport 60+ Activity Center, beginning on Jan. 28. Thanks to a donation by a program supporter, there is no cost for the program, however, a $45 fee will be charged to cover the cost of program supplies.
To learn more about this program, call 541-270-5234 or go online at www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention.