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National Diabetes Prevention Program starts in September


Ohio University faculty and staff who have prediabetes or believe they are at risk of developing diabetes can make a lifestyle change for the better by joining the National Diabetes Prevention Program in September. The year-long lifestyle intervention program is proven to reduce the onset of diabetes and is offered by OHIO’s UMA Diabetes Endocrine Center.

Together with lifestyle coaches who are certified by the Centers for Disease Control, the average weight loss per person participating in the program is 6.7 percent. Clinical research also shows that the program can reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

“The NDPP program works because lifestyle change takes time,” explained OHIO Diabetes Educator Karen Bailey. “This program offers support to participants for one full year to allow them to make those changes so that they become healthy routines. Participants tell me that they do not feel that they have given up anything. In fact, they have added interesting new foods to their diet, and activities that they enjoy that add to the quality of their lives.”

The program consists of hour-long meetings and 30 minutes of exercise for 16 weeks, followed by monthly meetings the remainder of the year. Meetings are held in the Human Resources and Training Center or Athens Community Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on select dates and are free for Ohio University employees.

Funding for the program is provided by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, in partnership with the CDC.

Participants weigh-in at each visit, track food by recording daily calorie and fat gram intake, and receive feedback from lifestyle coaches and diabetes certificate students.

Throughout the program, lifestyle coaches present weekly materials on healthy eating, exercise and behavior change, provide recipes and food tastings, and provide positive reinforcement to help participants overcome obstacles and change lifestyle habits in favor of eating less and exercising more. 

Participants will join staff in walking groups, and be introduced to a variety of safe exercises. Those in the program will receive notebooks to collect materials, pedometers, exercise bands, Calorie King books, Keeping Track booklets, and tote bags.

Anyone interested in learning if they’re at risk for diabetes can click here.

Those interested in learning more or registering can contact Marjorie Lang at 740-566-4870 or langm@ohio.edu or Karen Bailey at 740-566-4877 or baileyk@ohio.edu.