Northern Dutchess Hospital program helps adults prevent diabetes

Posted: 3/4/2020

The American Diabetes Association recommends everyone age 45 and older get their blood sugar checked for a condition called prediabetes.

Prediabetes is the body’s way of warning about stroke, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, according to Roufia Payman, a nutrition counselor at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Payman and fitness trainer Marie Monroe coach the hospital’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, founded in 2014. The next program starts Monday, March 30, 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 for a year. There is no cost to participate in this community-benefit program.

Monroe, who works in the hospital’s Wellness Center, offers guidance on how people can move more 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.

People who are overweight, had pregnancy-related diabetes, have a family history of diabetes or are of certain ethnic backgrounds may be at higher risk and need testing earlier, so check with your doctor. 

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

Coaches and participants of a National Diabetes Prevention Program pose for a group portrait on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck.


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