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Diabetes Prevention Program

The purpose of this program is to help people who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes make lifestyle changes. Research has shown that losing weight and exercising most days of the week may prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, a serious medical condition that develops more frequently in this population.

This is a 12-week course that includes nutritional guidance for weight loss, exercise classes and provides long-term support to maintain positive lifestyle changes.

This series of classes is free to any individual who has at least three of the following risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease:

  • Fasting blood sugar between 100 - 125mg/dl *
  • Glucose tolerance test result (two hours) of 140 - 199mg/dl *
  • Abdominal waist measurement of more than 40 inches (for men) and more than 35 inches (for women)
  • Triglyceride level greater than 150mg/dl *
  • HDL level less than 40 mg/dl (for men) or less than 50 mg/dl (for women) *
  • Blood pressure over 130/85

* Check with your doctor or attend a screening at Holy Cross Hospital to determine eligibility.

The Program Includes

  • Group classes that provide an opportunity to learn and share with others
  • Free blood testing at Holy Cross Hospital
  • Telephone support and access to a lifestyle coach
  • Free lunch or dinner
  • Free exercise classes

Topics Include

  • Three ways to eat less fat
  • Become a "fat detective"
  • Keys to healthy eating out
  • Cooking demonstration
  • Being active: a way of life
  • Managing stress
  • Talk back to negative thoughts
  • Ways to stay motivated
  • Problem solving

To obtain information on diabetes prevention screenings at Holy Cross Hospital and in the community, please call 301-754-7448 and listen to the recorded message.

To enroll after meeting eligibility requirements, please call 301-754-8800.



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