Hospital program focuses on small steps to prevent type 2 diabetes

Posted: 3/4/2016

It’s a lifestyle challenge focusing on small changes that bring big rewards: Move more and eat less to lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.

That’s the main goal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, which returns to Northern Dutchess Hospital beginning March 28. Two sessions are offered – either 4:30-5:30 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. – 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.

Concerned with their health, Alfred and Susan Orcutt of Poughkeepsie decided to give last year’s diabetes prevention program their “best shot,” Alfred Orcutt, 72, said.

“We lost a combined 70 pounds, lowered our blood sugar out of the diabetic range and got our cholesterol and blood pressure under control,” he said.

Monroe has seen many mid-Hudson Valley couples go through life-changing transformations together.

“It’s such an honor to be a part of their new lives,” she said.

Program seating is limited and fills up fast. To find out if you qualify for the program, call Amanda Sheffield at 845-871–4380 (TTY 1-800-421-1220) or visit

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