Northern Dutchess Hospital program helps adults prevent diabetes

Posted: 2/9/2018

It takes more than two months before a new healthy habit becomes an established behavior, Northern Dutchess Hospital diabetes prevention coach Marie Monroe said.

Monroe and hospital nutrition counselor Roufia Payman aim to help adults feel better and live life without medication through their no-cost, educational National Diabetes Prevention Program. The next program starts Monday, March 12, in the cafeteria conference room at the hospital's Rhinebeck campus, 6511 Springbrook Ave. Two sessions are offered — either 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. — for 16 consecutive Mondays and bi-monthly follow-ups. Registration is required by Feb. 26.

“Adults age 45 or older should ask their doctor for a blood test to make sure their blood sugar levels are not in the warning zone,” said Roufia Payman, a nutrition counselor at the hospital. “If they are, the cure is as simple as eating more vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and more physical activity, so that the body can heal itself.”

Monroe, an exercise specialist at the hospital’s Wellness Center, offers guidance on how people can move more and feel better.

“Diets don’t work,” Monroe said. “Our goal is to give people tips they can incorporate into their everyday living to help them achieve weight loss and feel better.”

The lifestyle changes implemented through this national 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.

Diabetes risk factors include: People with low levels of physical activity, high triglycerides and heart disease; women who were diagnosed with gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby more than 9 pounds; people age 45 and older; and high-risk ethnic groups such as African Americans and Latinos.

“We help people make the best choices they can and get back on track if they slip up,” Roufia said.

To find out more, visit or contact the nutrition department at or 845-871-3318 (TTY: 800-421-1220).

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