Get weight loss support to help prevent diabetes and earn 300 points

Losing 4 to 7 percent of your body weight can cut your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in half, and avoiding diabetes can add seven years to your life. But it can be hard to make the lifestyle changes necessary to keep Type 2 diabetes at bay. That’s why the City is offering a group meeting approach to losing weight that is proven to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes.

The program includes:

  • 16 weekly group meetings.
  • Guidance and encouragement from a trained health coach.
  • Support from other participants who share the same health goals.
  • Resources to help you eat healthier, move more and manage stress.
  • Tips to stay motivated and overcome challenges.
  • Tools and accountability to help you achieve the program goals:
    o   Lose 7 percent of your body weight (14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds).
    o   Increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week, which reduces your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by more than half.
  • Monthly follow-up meetings (after the initial 16 weeks) to help you maintain your lifestyle changes.

You’ll earn 300 points in the employee wellness program if you qualify for and complete the National Diabetes Prevention Program. (Program completion means attending at least 14 of the weekly meetings. If you are unable to attend a weekly meeting you may make it up by telephone two times during the program.)

Is this program for you?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program is intended to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes. It is not intended for people who have diabetes. You may qualify to participate in this program if you are a City employee with a body mass index (BMI) of 24 or above (22 or above if you are of Asian descent) and you have one of the following risk factors:

  • A diagnosis of prediabetes or previous gestational diabetes.
  • A fasting blood glucose of 100-125 mg/dl.
  • A two-hour glucose of 140-199 mg/dl.
  • An HbA1c of 5.7-6.4.
  • A score of nine or more points on the CDC prediabetes screening test found at doihaveprediabetes.org.

Learn more about the program, get answers to your questions

Learn about the diabetes program, get answers to your questions and get help beginning the sign-up process at informational tables:

  • 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9
    City Hall Rotunda
  • 7-9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 23
    Currie Maintenance Facility, conference room

Sign up – space is limited

Two National Diabetes Prevention Program sessions are available with a maximum of 15 participants per session.

  • Public Service Center
    250 S. Fourth St., Room 525
    12:15-1 p.m. Tuesdays
    Sixteen weekly sessions starting March 7
  • Currie Maintenance Facility
    1200 Currie Ave. N., conference room
    12:15-1 p.m. Thursdays
    Sixteen weekly sessions starting March 16

Sign up today to reserve your spot in a session by emailing diabetesprevention@redbrickhealth.com. You may also leave a message at 612-659-3257.

Published Feb 7, 2017

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