CDC Diabetes Prevention Program to be offered at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital
January 2, 2018 (Brattleboro, VT) Brattleboro Memorial Hospital’s (BMH) will offer a Diabetes Prevention Program. The program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being.
The Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which showed that lifestyle changes and modest weight reduction can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent among those with prediabetes.
This evidence-based program is delivered over a 12-month period in a supportive, small group classroom setting. Sixteen weekly one-hour sessions are followed by six monthly sessions. Facilitated by trained lifestyle coach Elisha Underwood, the class is scheduled to begin on January 18, 2017 and will be held Thursdays at BMH in the Tyler Conference Room from 4:30 – 5:30 PM.
In order to qualify for the Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI≥ 25), and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.