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Year-long Franciscan Health program promotes healthy lifestyle to prevent diabetes

Franciscan Health is offering pre-diabetic patients the opportunity to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes with its year-long Diabetes Prevention Program.

Franciscan Health’s 12-month online Diabetes Prevention Program follows guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that have proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S., impacting more than 37 million American adults. Few people realize type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed with lifestyle changes, like those implemented through the Franciscan Health Diabetes Prevention Program.

Throughout the course of the program, participants work with a certified healthy lifestyle coach who guides them in practices to help build energy and confidence, lose weight naturally and reduce stress and anxiety.

Program goals include reducing body weight by 5 to 7 percent and increasing physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

The program is open only to participants 18 and older who have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, not those who have previously been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Participants must also have a body mass index greater than 25. 

Anyone who had a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes or a screening result indicating a high risk of type 2 diabetes is also eligible to participate.

A free information session will be held on Wednesday, May 24 at 4:30 p.m. CDT. Visit register for this session. To register for the class, contact Amy Lambert at [email protected] or call 219-306-4745.

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