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National Diabetes Prevention Program

Northern Dutchess Hospital is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have prediabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, this program can help you make lasting changes to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.

You may have prediabetes if:

  • You are 45 years or older
  • Are overweight
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Are physically active fewer than 3 times per week
  • You've had gestational diabetes or given birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds

The NDH program includes:

  • Trained lifestyle coach
  • CDC-approved curriculum
  • Group support
  • 16 weekly meetings
  • 6 monthly follow-up meetings

The lifestyle coach will help you:

  • Learn the facts about healthy eating
  • Understand and respond to your food cues
  • Stay on track when eating out
  • Add physical activity to your life
  • Manage stress
  • Build relationships with other participants
  • Work as a group to meet challenges
  • Stay motivated to achieve your goals
  • Solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is offered in the spring and fall. Two sessions are offered – either 4:30pm–5:30pm or 6pm–7pm – for 16 consecutive Mondays in the cafeteria conference room at the hospital's Rhinebeck campus, 6511 Springbrook Ave.

During each session, Roufia Payman, a nutrition counselor, and Marie Monroe, an exercise specialist, offer guidance on how to lose weight and eat better through small changes that, with their support, can become habits. The lifestyle changes implemented through the program have proved to help participants lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight, thus cutting their risk of type 2 diabetes by 50 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Take the Prediabetes Quiz

To find out if you qualify for the program, contact Nancy Walsh at Northern Dutchess Hospital, nwalsh@health-quest.org or (845) 871-3318. TTY/Accessibility: 800-421-1220. Space is limited.

Read the most current information about the state of diabetes and pre-diabetes in the United States from the CDC in the 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report.