“Diabetes Prevention Program to begin January 26 in Machias”
December 18, 2015

Healthy Acadia is currently accepting applicants for a Diabetes Prevention Program course in Machias, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 26, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Sessions will be held in the conference room of Healthy Acadia’s Machias office, located at 121 Court Street, Suite A.

Healthy Acadia’s year-long program, offered free of charge, is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It features an approach proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes that helps participants make real lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, incorporating physical activity into their daily lives, and improving problem-solving and coping skills. Participants meet with a trained lifestyle coach and a small group of people who are making lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes. Classes meet weekly for at least 16 weeks, transitioning to once monthly for the remainder of the year.

Research shows that participants in the National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change intervention reduced the incidence of diabetes by 58 percent among adults with prediabetes and by 71 percent in those aged 60 years or older.

According to the CDC, you may have prediabetes and be at risk for Type 2 diabetes if you:
• are 45 years of age or older
• are overweight
• have a family history of type 2 diabetes
• are physically active fewer than 3 times per week
• had diabetes while pregnant which disappeared after delivering the baby (gestational diabetes) or
• gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds

If you think you may be at risk for prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes, take the “Could You Have Prediabetes?” online quiz at http://www.cdc.gov/Diabetes/Prevention. If your score shows you are at high risk for diabetes, talk to your health care provider or contact our program.

For more information about Healthy Acadia’s Diabetes Prevention Program in Washington County or to enroll in the upcoming Machias class, please contact Angela Fochesato at 255-3741 or angela@healthyacadia.org. For more information about Diabetes Prevention Program offerings in Hancock County, please contact Elizabeth Lyles at 667-7171 or elizabeth@healthyacadia.org. Healthy Acadia’s Diabetes Prevention Program is supported by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.