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Katie Heckman, Manager, Community Relations
Informational Sessions Offered for National Diabetes Prevention Program
Interested Central Kentucky patients can find out if year-long program is right for them
Berea, Ky. (September 12, 2016) - KentuckyOne Health is offering members of the public a way to help decrease their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes through a national diabetes prevention program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offered locally. Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, and studies show diabetes is growing at an epidemic rate. It’s estimated that more than 14 percent of Kentuckians suffer from this chronic condition, which can also lead to heart disease, stroke, amputation, end-stage kidney disease, blindness and death.
To educate the community about the year-long diabetes prevention program, three informational sessions will be held in September in Central Kentucky cities, including Berea, Lexington and Midway. Attendees will hear details of the 16-week course and the following monthly meetings to decide if the course might be right for them.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program is designed for individuals at high risk for Type 2 diabetes and is proven to help people lose weight and lower their risk of Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.
Individuals who are overweight and meet any two of the following should consider enrollment:
• 18 years or older
• BMI > 24kg ( > 22 if Asian) = Overweight
• Diagnosed with pre-diabetes or gestational diabetes based on:
– Fasting blood sugar (100-125mg)
– 2-hour glucose (140-199mg)
– Previous gestational diabetes
– A1C (5.7 to 6.4 percent)
Classes include group meetings with a trained lifestyle coach to learn how to make healthy lifestyle changes.
The Berea introductory session will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Saint Joseph Berea, located at 305 Estill Street. This class will be held on the fourth floor in the Education Suite.
The Midway introductory session will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m. at Northside Elementary School, located at 500 Northside Drive.
The Lexington introductory session will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Medical Office Building at Saint Joseph East, located at 160 Eagle Creek Drive.
Those interested need only to attend one of the introductory sessions. For more information or to enroll, call 859.313.2595 or visit KentuckyOneHealth.org/dpp. A physician referral is preferred, but not required to participate. Space is limited.
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KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved. The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.