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Diabetes Prevention Program Accepting Referrals

January 19, 2011

Bozeman Deaconess Diabetes Center is sponsoring a 16-week course targeting persons most at risk for developing type 2 diabetes; this program will be open to 40 participants in 2011.

The ACT NOW! Your Actions Today Can Prevent Diabetes Tomorrow program, offered by Bozeman Deaconess Diabetes Center, is a program of nutrition education and counseling, and physical activity coaching for adults. Participants will be selected from those at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or heart disease. To be eligible, participants must have a referral from their physician, and be ready to commit to a 16-week series of classes and 6 monthly classes which include keeping a daily food intake and physical activity log. Participants must also meet certain eligibility criteria, such as being overweight, elevated blood sugar, elevated blood pressure, and history of gestational diabetes or lipid disorders. The first class will meet February 28 at 5:30 pm at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

The program is funded through a grant from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and is offered at a cost of $150 ($50 of which will be refunded to participants who complete the full 16 week and 6 month follow-up program). ACT NOW! is based on several studies that have shown that intensive lifestyle changes reduce the incidence of diabetes in persons at risk of developing the disease.

People who lose seven percent of their body weight, maintain that weight loss, and integrate 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week into their lives can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent. Lindsey Kordick registered dietitian and program lifestyle coach says, "We will work closely with participants to help them make and maintain these changes in their lifestyle."

In Montana, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports in 2005 roughly 44,000 (5.4 percent) of adults have been diagnosed with diabetes. About 60 percent of adult Montanans are overweight or obese, and 19 percent of Montana adults reported engaging in no leisure-time physical activity. Diabetes and heart disease can be prevented with healthier eating habits and becoming more active. The ACT NOW! program offer participants an incredible opportunity to get coaching, education and support to develop and maintain lifelong healthy habits.

“We are excited to be able to offer this proven national program to our Bozeman community” says Paige Reddan registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Bozeman Deaconess Diabetes Center. Class sessions will be held at Bozeman Deaconess Outpatient Services at 19th Avenue and a four month membership to The Ridge Athletic Club is included in the program. For the first grant period, Feb through June, we hope to see 20 participants complete the program. The second grant period will begin in August with another 20 participants. Eligible participants will be enrolled on a first-come first-serve basis.

For more information about ACT NOW! contact Bozeman Deaconess Diabetes Center at 556-5331 or visit www.bozemandeaconess.org/diabetecenter.
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