Adults can get healthy with Northern Dutchess Hospital diabetes prevention program

Posted: 8/18/2017

No time, low energy and poor motivation are issues trained lifestyle coaches will help adults work to overcome during the next session of Northern Dutchess Hospital’s National Diabetes Prevention Program beginning Sept. 18.

Classes meet for 16 consecutive Mondays and bi-monthly follow-ups from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. in the hospital’s cafeteria conference room, 6511 Springbrook Ave., Rhinebeck.

The free educational program – focused on how to make realistic healthy changes – is for people who have prediabetes, a condition that causes high blood sugar levels.

People at risk are overweight and don’t exercise much, 45 years or older, have a family history of type 2 diabetes or have had gestational diabetes during pregnancy.

“We teach people how to love the food that loves them back,” coach and nutrition counselor Roufia Payman said.

Payman and exercise specialist Marie Monroe have helped nearly 200 adults through this program, which is certified through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We don’t worry about the number on the scale. We focus on a conscious and successful process to bring new, healthier habits into the lives of our participants,” Monroe said. “And we have fun while we do it.”

Seats are limited. To find out if you qualify for the program, call Amanda Sheffield at 845-871–4380 (TTY: 800-421-1220) or visit

Northern Dutchess Hospital Nutrition Counselor Roufia Payman poses for a portrait on Oct. 11, 2016, outside the hospital cafeteria with some of her favorite healthy produce.

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