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Stave off type 2 diabetes with education

About 1.8 million adults in Washington have pre-diabetes and are at significant risk for developing type 2 diabetes. And most people with pre-diabetes don’t even know they have it.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program through Washington State University Extension offers an evidence-based program that can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes through lifestyle changes for people at risk.

Participants may be able to enroll as a covered benefit through their employer health benefits or through limited scholarships available through a grant provided by the federal government.

The program goal is for participants to lose 5-7 percent of their body weight by attending 16 group classes led by a trained lifestyle coach. The program covers a variety of lifestyle topics including healthy eating habits, motivation techniques, how to incorporate light physical activity and manage stress. Participants receive a free workbook and tracking tools to help manage their progress. The group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar lifestyle challenges.

To participate in Washington’s State Diabetes Prevention Program, a person must have a Body Mass Index greater than 25 and be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. To find out if you are at risk, call Shirley Calodich at the WSU Extension of Clallam County at 360-385-0843 or visit www.weightlossdpp.com and take the risk quiz.

To calculate your BMI, see www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm.

 

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