The National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes.
The program was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will be implemented in west Georgia by Get Healthy, Live Well volunteers beginning in January 2014.
- The CDC estimates that about 35% of adults have prediabetes and many of them don't know it. That means that nearly 40,000 adults in Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties have prediabetes.
- The Diabetes Prevention Program can help people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half.
- The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5% to 7% of their body weight that is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person.
- These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with prediabetes.
- Participants work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting to receive a 1 year lifestyle change program that includes 16 core sessions (1 per week) and 6 post-core sessions (1 per month).
The National Diabetes Prevention Program teaches participants strategies for incorporating physical activity into daily life and eating healthy. Lifestyle coaches work with participants to identify emotions and situations that can sabotage their success, and the group process encourages participants to share strategies for dealing with challenging situations. Participants learn more about prediabetes and how to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Get ready to make a change for life!