2018 Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program to Begin March 20 in Machias

Healthy Acadia is accepting applicants for its 2018 Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program scheduled to begin March 20, 2018 in Machias. This free, yearlong program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program - or NDPP - an evidence-based lifestyle change program for improving overall health and preventing onset of Type 2 diabetes led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Healthy Acadia's NDPP is an innovative, CDC-recognized program that has been proven to reduce the burden of Type 2 diabetes - one of the nation's costliest chronic diseases. NDPP is a group-based lifestyle intervention program for adults at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of adult onset diabetes by 58 percent overall - and by 71 percent of adults over 60. 

NDPP is a yearlong program with 16 weekly sessions followed by 8 monthly sessions. 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. NDPP is not a fad diet or an exercise class, and it’s not a quick fix. It’s a yearlong program focused on long-term lifestyle changes and lasting results. 

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. 

In the Machias area, Healthy Acadia currently has nine NDPP courses active and filled with community members who are enthusiastic about gaining control of their health.  The 2018-19 class will meet on Tuesdays, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. beginning March 20, 2018 in the conference room of DHHS’s Machias office, located at 38 Prescott Drive.  The program is free, however pre-enrollment is required.

For more information about Healthy Acadia’s Diabetes Prevention Program in Washington County or to enroll in this class, 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 Sandie Dubay at 667-7171 or sandie@healthyacadia.org. Healthy Acadia’s Diabetes Prevention Program is supported by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.