Memorial’s Diabetes Prevention Program – Changing Lives

We just completed week 4 of the Diabetes Prevention Program when a participant in the class started talking about a goal that she had set for herself. Her goal was to walk up four flights of stairs as she would normally take the elevator to avoid the stairs. She told us that she had finally accomplished that goal. Everyone started applauding her and congratulating her for reaching this goal. The amount of support I felt coming from the class participants was amazing. I hope others in the class realize that no matter how big or small of a goal you have, if you just stick with it you can accomplish it! This moment in class reaffirmed why I am happy that I became a lifestyle coach. I am honored that these women have allowed me to help them lead healthier lives by giving them the tools they need to succeed in this program.

By Catherine Shepler

Diabetes 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.

How do I know this program is for me?
• Are you an overweight adult?
• Do you have family members with diabetes?
• Have you had gestational diabetes during pregnancy or did any of your babies weigh 9 lbs or more at birth?
• Have you ever been told you have high blood sugar, prediabetes, or borderline diabetes?

If you answered yes to any of these, you may be at risk for type 2 diabetes.
For more information about this program, please call Lori Gibbons at 509-248-7322.

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