Bardstown, Ky. (December 2, 2013) - In partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, will host a free pre-diabetes education program beginning on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
This free series is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) and is designed to help those with a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The course meets for 16 weeks, with weekly, one-hour meetings. Participants will then complete monthly follow-ups for six months.
“Type 2 diabetes in many cases is largely preventable or managed with a healthy diet and exercise,” said Sue Downs, president, Flaget Memorial Hospital. “We’re proud to bring these classes to Bardstown to help make our community healthier.”
Sessions will focus on eating right, increasing physical activity, stress reduction, motivation, losing a modest amount of weight and more. To be eligible, participants should be 18 or older, and have established risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes, or have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or gestational diabetes while pregnant.
Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Nazareth Conference Room at Flaget Memorial Hospital, located at 4305 New Shepherdsville Road in Bardstown. Barbara Baumgardner, registered dietitian and Dana Graves R.N., diabetes clinical nurse specialist, Saint Joseph Diabetes and Nutrition Center will lead the classes.
The series is part of a national program geared to help people lose weight and lower their risk of type 2 diabetes by almost 60 percent. During the course, participants will learn how to make modest lifestyle changes with significant impact, while working side-by-side with a support network of people facing the same challenges.
People with pre-diabetes have blood glucose (sugar) levels higher than normal. The levels are not yet high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, however, people with pre-diabetes are more likely to get diabetes than others. Diabetes can lead to serious health complications including heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, or loss of toes, feet or legs.
For more information or to register for program, call 859.313.1282.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky.