In the Diabetes Prevention Program, a trained lifestyle coach will introduce topics in a supportive, small group environment and encourage participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes can benefit their health.
To Register for the Duluth Area Diabetes Prevention Program call Kelli Timmersman at 218.241.8008 x 510, email email@example.com or
To Register for the Cook County Diabetes Prevention Program call Emily Marshall at 218.387.3386 x 506, email firstname.lastname@example.org, pick up a registration packet at the front desk, or download and print our Diabetes Prevention Program Registration Form.
HOW IT WORKS
The 12-month group-based program consists of one-hour sessions. They are:
- Weekly for sessions 1-16
- Every other week for session 17-19
- Monthly for sessions 20-26
Discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving and much more in a small group setting facilitated by a trained Lifestyle Coach.
Group support from others who share your goals and struggles will help keep you motivated to maintain progress.
Lose 5-7% of your body weight
Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week
You will do this by learning strategies for:
Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier food options has been proven to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Increasing Physical Activity
Studies have repeatedly shown that moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes, five days a week can help improve your blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol and prevent blood flow problems.
It has been shown that reducing your body weight by even a small amount (as little as 7%) can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes.
To be eligible for the NDPP lifestyle change program, you must meet ALL of the following criteria:
- Be 18 years or older
- Be overweight (body mass index above 24, or 22 if you are Asian)
- Have NOT been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
- NOT be pregnant
In addition, you must meet ONE of the following criteria:
- Have had a recent blood test in the prediabetes range, which includes one of the following tests and results:
- Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7–6.4% or
- Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL or
- Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL
- Have received a result of high risk for type 2 diabetes on the Prediabetes Risk Test.
- A doctor previously diagnosed you with gestational diabetes.
Duluth Area classes are FREE with support from Essentia Health, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cook County YMCA fees are $100 for YMCA members and $200 for the community.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been involved in extensive research on prediabetes and diabetes in the United States. Their findings suggest that this disease continues to be a growing issue for people of all ages and backgrounds:
- Diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the United States.
- Recent studies estimate that 79 million Americans over the ages of 20 have prediabetes.
- Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
- In 2010, roughly 1.9 million new cases of diabetes in people over the age of 20 were diagnosed.
- People with diabetes are about 50% more likely to die than people of the same age without diabetes.
- Medical expenses for people with diabetes are 2.3 times greater than those without.
- People with diabetes are between 2-4 times more likely to have a stroke and die from heart disease.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in people aged 20-74.
- People with diabetes are at greater risk for nerve damage, dental disease, lower limb amputation, depression and complications during pregnancy.