Beginning in January, community members will be preventing type 2 diabetes together with a lifestyle change intervention offered by the Newport 60+ Activity Center as part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It is estimated that 45 percent of people in Lincoln County have higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels. People with prediabetes may develop type 2 diabetes within three years if they do not take steps to prevent it.

The Diabetes Prevention Program, led by a trained lifestyle coach, is a safe place where participants learn skills needed to make changes to prevent diabetes. Participants work toward losing weight, being more physically active and managing stress.

Darcy de la Rosa, Diabetes Prevention Program facilitator, said she is excited to offer a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through achievable lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.

A CDC-trained life coach, de la Rosa will inspire small groups to stay motivated and solve problems that get in the way of healthy changes.

Diabetes Prevention Program groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for six months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together, participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

The Diabetes Prevention Program will meet on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 4, at the Newport 60+ Activity Center. Thanks to a donation by a program supporter, there is no fee for the program, however, a $45 fee will be charged to cover the cost of supplies.

People are more likely to have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if they:

• Are 45 years of age or older;

• Are overweight;

• Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;

• Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or

• Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.

To see if you are eligible to join the program, call 541-270-5234.

To learn more about this program, visit www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention

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