What a year you’ve been so far 2020! Balancing it all, whatever plates you’re holding up to keep spinning in the air, we know it’s challenging to say the least!
Recent events have brought to the forefront risk factors such as diabetes and high blood pressure onto our TV screens and into our minds. Also, on the forefront is the importance of emotional health and social connectedness.
Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) addresses these exact topics. DPP sets you up for success with lifestyle changes to improve these health conditions and brings the positive effects of a group dynamic.
Prediabetes is a serious health condition that increases one’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. It is worth noting that small-scale studies have shown people who successfully complete DPP also lower their risk of cardiovascular disease. Part of the improvement in heart health comes from lowering blood pressure and cholesterol by losing weight, eating more nutritiously, and increasing physical activity.
Classes Starting Soon
We now have DPP groups that meet in person (with safety measures in place), on Zoom or a combination of the 2. We are thrilled to be able to provide these options so that you can choose the one that works best for you and start making healthy habits a priority.
A trained lifestyle coach will lead the group through topics of nutrition, incorporating daily physical activity, meal planning and how to cope with the inevitable challenges that arise in normal life and especially during life as of late.
Sessions will be weekly for the 1st 16 weeks, biweekly and then monthly for the last 6 months of the yearlong program. Each session lasts about 1 hour.
DPP goals include losing 5 to 7 percent of starting body weight and increasing physical activity minutes to 150 per week. Reaching these goals in a DPP program has been proven to lower one’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58 percent (71 percent if you’re over age 60).
Are Your At Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?
Find out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes by completing the risk assessment at www.preventdiabeteskc.com or contact your doctor.
New classes start in Johnson County on Nov 2nd.
To learn more or sign up, call Anne Hayse at 913-477-8128 or email us at DPP@jocogov.org.