National Diabetes Prevention Program returns to Northern Dutchess Hospital

Posted: 9/10/2015

Northern Dutchess Hospital will once again offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program that aims to help adults avoid type 2 diabetes by adopting positive lifestyle changes.

This community benefit program will start on Sept. 28 in the hospital’s cafeteria conference rooms, 6511 Springbrook Ave. Participants can sign up for either a 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. one-hour session. For 16 weeks on consecutive Mondays, sessions will help them understand their food cravings, manage stress, develop healthy eating habits and add physical activity to their daily routines. Then they will meet with the lifestyle coaches on a monthly basis for a year to follow up and maintain the healthy changes.

By losing only a few pounds, this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-developed program can cut participant’s risk of developing diabetes in half, according to the centers’ research study.

The program is returning to Northern Dutchess after it launched one year ago.

“I thought it was just going to be someone preaching about how to eat better, but it was so much more than that,” New Paltz resident Pattie Steffens said about the program. “It really focused on the whole person and I believe that is why I experienced such great success.”

Steffens’ husband, Bill, also participated. Together, they changed their outlook on diet and exercise. “We liked creating the healthy recipes and using the exercise tips that were provided,” he said. The couple lost a combined 54 pounds by the end of the program.

Marie Monroe, exercise specialist at Northern Dutchess and diabetes program lifestyle coach, tailored the program to make these goals more attainable. “We focus on the participants holistically to help change everyone’s relationship with food, exercise and life,” said Monroe. “This isn’t just a diet, it’s a new way of life.”

To find out if you qualify, call 845-871-4380.

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