Diabetes Prevention Program

(PUEBLO, COLO.) The Diabetes Health Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is offering individuals who are at risk for Type 2 diabetes the opportunity to participate in the National Diabetes Prevention Program at no cost. Set to begin in early June, the program offers individuals the chance to make a life-changing impact on their health through a series of 16 weekly sessions and six monthly follow-up sessions with a trained lifestyle coach.

St. Mary-Corwin has partnered with Penrose-St. Francis Health Centers Learning Center to take advantage of a grant made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) National Prevention Program. The classes are geared to show those who are at risk for the disease how to life a healthier life with the hopes of delaying or reducing the risk of being diagnosed with diabetes. Potential participants must meet certain criteria including being 18 years of age or older, BMI requirements, a pre diabetes diagnosis or a history of gestational diabetes, and certain plasma glucose and hemoglobin scores. No physician referral is necessary, though participants must complete an A1C test to ensure they meet the criteria and should notify their private or commercial insurance carriers for plan coverage.

This leading-edge program can change the course of individuals lives and can greatly reduce the risk or prevent Type 2 diabetes as a whole, said Sylvia Robertson, RN, MSN, diabetes educator, Diabetes Health Center, St. Mary-Corwin. This program allows us to nurture the health of those in our communities through education and simple lifestyle changes that can make a lasting impact.

According to the CDC, diabetes kills more Americans every year than AIDS and breast cancer combined. Further, 85.2 percent of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. As a result, the best method to counteract this growing issue remains to educate the public on the dangers of diabetes and provide them with the tools to help reduce or prevent the disease.

An informational class will be held the week of May 22. For more information or to sign up, contact Sylvia Robertson at 719-557-5955 or by emailing sylviarobertson@centura.org.

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