While many are familiar with type 2 diabetes, fewer are aware of prediabetes, a serious health condition that affects 2.6 million Michiganders (more than 1 in 3) and often leads to type 2 diabetes.
To help curb this epidemic, the Diabetes Prevention Center, a division of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, has partnered with 5 Healthy Towns to provide the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in Dexter:
Dexter Wellness Center
2810 Baker Rd., Dexter, MI 48130
Information session: Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
First class: Monday, March 5, 2018, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
This workshop is covered by various funders and insurers and is available to all eligible participants at no cost. Details will be available at the information session.
The evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong program designed for people with prediabetes or at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, with the goal that participants will adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The workshop is covered by various funders and insurance programs. More information will be available at the information session.
Diabetes Prevention Program workshops are led by trained lifestyle coaches during weekly one-hour group sessions and eight monthly sessions that follow.
Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes.
Together, participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
“Among the program’s many strengths are the enthusiastic instructors who lead the meetings and are available in between to encourage and answer questions,” states Dexter resident Mary Jo Frank, who successfully finished the DPP in July 2016. “Another strength is excellent, easy-to-understand written materials on topics ranging from portion control and reading labels to managing stress and avoiding negative self-talk.”