Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program to Begin June 21 in Machias
May 16, 2016
Machias – Healthy Acadia is accepting applicants for its 2016-17 Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program to begin June 21, 2016 in Machias. This free, yearlong program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, an evidence-based lifestyle change program for improving overall health and preventing type 2 diabetes led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs are proven to work. Research led by the National Institutes of Health shows that people with prediabetes - a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as full-blown diabetes - who take part in a structured lifestyle change program could cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old). This finding was the result of the program helping people lose 5% to 7% of their body weight through healthier eating and 150 minutes of physical activity a week. Researchers found that even after 10 years, people who completed a diabetes prevention lifestyle change program were one third less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

A trained lifestyle coach leads the program to help participants change certain aspects of their lifestyle, like eating healthier, reducing stress, and getting more physical activity. The program also includes group support from others who share similar goals and struggles.
The Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program is not a fad diet or an exercise class. And it’s not a quick fix. It’s a year-long program focused on long-term changes and lasting results. A year might sound like a long commitment, but learning new habits, gaining new skills, and building confidence takes time.

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, take the “Could You Have Prediabetes?” online quiz http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/index.html. If your score indicates that you may be at high risk for diabetes, talk to your health care provider or contact our program.

Four, one-year course sessions are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in Machias. Classes will meet weekly on Tuesdays for at least 16 weeks, transitioning to once monthly for the remainder of the year.

Group 1: 7:00am – 8:00am
Group 2: 8:00am – 9:00am
Group 3: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Group 4: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Groups 1, 2 and 3 will meet at the University of Maine at Machias in Room 14 of the Reynolds Athletics Center. Group 4 will meet in the conference room of Healthy Acadia’s Machias office, located at 121 Court Street, Suite A.

In order to help participants meet their weekly goal of at least 150 minutes of physical activity, an Indoor Walking Group will meet on Tuesdays from 5:30am – 6:30 am in the main gym of the Reynolds Athletics Center. The walking group is free and open to the public. Contact Angela at angela@healthyacadia.org or 255-3741 for information.

For more information about Healthy Acadia’s Diabetes Prevention Program in Washington County or to enroll in one of the upcoming Machias classes, please contact Angela Fochesato at 255-3741 or angela@healthyacadia.org. For information about Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change 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.