The 23rd class of Memorial’s Diabetes Prevention Program graduated last month after starting the class in December 2013. This class lost a total of 381 pounds in 23 weeks which is the most weight any class has ever lost. Another highlight from the class was that a husband, wife and their son together lost 154 pounds and feel as though they have made some wonderful lifestyle changes! The class was led by lifestyle coach Jackie Earl who has taught several classes for the prevention program.
Prediabetes is a condition where the blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Memorial’s prevention program helps people lower their risk of type 2 diabetes. Participants meet in groups with a trained lifestyle coach for 16 weekly, one-hour sessions and seven monthly follow up sessions. If you would like to learn more about this program, you can attend an orientation on the last Monday of each month from 4-4:30 p.m. at Memorial’s Community Education Center at 2506 W. Nob Hill Blvd. No registration is necessary for the orientation.
For more information about the Diabetes Prevention Program at Memorial visit http://bit.ly/1HSeWqE.