Participants Wanted for Free Diabetes Prevention Program

Published On 05/24/2013

Methodist is recruiting participants to take part in a free diabetes prevention program. The program is designed specifically for those at high risk for type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that can be prevented or delayed with lifestyle changes. Participants will meet as a group with a trained lifestyle coach and learn how to make changes to help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

Two groups will meet—one at Methodist Germantown Hospital, and the other at Methodist University Hospital. Groups will celebrate successes together and figure out ways to overcome obstacles. Participants meet once a week for 16 weeks and then once a month for 6 months.

Methodist Healthcare was one of six organizations in the United States to launch the National Diabetes Prevention Program this year. Led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the curriculum is based on research that found people can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half by losing 5%-7% of their body weight (about 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds) by improving food choices and increasing physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week.

To find out if you qualify or to refer others, please contact Kristy Merritt at 901.516.6616.