If your doctor has told you you’re at risk of diabetes, you’re not alone.
About 1 in every 3 American adults have high blood pressure and 2 in 3 have additional risk factors, like low physical activity, poor nutrition, or tobacco use. And more than 1 in 3 have a condition called prediabetes. This means their blood sugar levels are too high, but not yet high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
But knowing you’re at risk is good. It gives you a chance to take control of your health and take steps to help prevent diabetes and other serious health problems like heart disease and Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. There’s a lot you can do to lower your risk. And we can help.
HOW WE’LL HELP YOU
The Diabetes Prevention Workshop (also known as Prevent T2) is a proven program to help you make small lifestyle changes. You can cut your risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half. It is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This workshop lasts for one year. There are 16 weekly core sessions, plus monthly maintenance sessions. Each session is 1 hour long.
Your trained lifestyle coach and fellow participants will guide and support you to:
Solve problems and create plans for action and change
Make healthier eating choices
Get more physical activity into your daily life
Reduce stress and stay motivated
Understand and respond to your food cues
Stay on track when eating out
Be an active partner in working with you to better your health
Our workshops are free of cost for all participants. That’s because we’re committed to making sure all Vermonters have access to expert advice and proven strategies to take control of their health.
THIS WORKSHOP MAY BE RIGHT FOR YOU
Have been diagnosed with prediabetes
Have ever been diagnosed gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant)
Vermonters who completed the Diabetes Prevention Program were more likely to reduce their weight by 5% than those who did not complete.
Source: 1305 Year 4 Evaluation Results, Vermont Department of Health
“Meeting other people who are going through the same thing and the encouragement I have received from them to keep going—not only in the program but in my journey as well.”
Vermont’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a CDC-recognized National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle change program. The program is supported by the Innovative State and Local Public Health Strategies to Prevent and Manage Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke 5-year cooperative agreement.