Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program to Begin in Machias


Healthy Acadia is accepting applicants for its 2017 Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program to begin January 24 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).

 Three, one-year course sessions are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 24, 2016 in Machias. Groups 1 will meet from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at a location to be determined. Group 2: 3:30pm-4:30pm and Group 3: 5:15pm to 6:15pm, will meet in the conference room of Healthy Acadia’s Machias office, located at 121 Court Street, Suite A. Classes will meet weekly on Tuesdays for at least 16 weeks, transitioning to once monthly for the remainder of the year. 

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 Healthy Acadia.

FMI: Healthy Acadia’s Diabetes Prevention Program in Washington County or to enroll in one of the upcoming Machias classes, contact Angela Fochesato at 255-3741 or angela@healthyacadia.org. For information about Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program offerings in Hancock County, contact Elizabeth Lyles at 667-7171 or elizabeth@healthyacadia.org