Monday, December 18, 2017

Norman Regional offers the Diabetes Prevention Program. The Diabetes Prevention Program is a lifestyle change program for individuals at high risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes.

The program is a group-based, structured lifestyle change program that consists of two parts: core sessions and post-core sessions.

The core sessions focus on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The 16 sessions help participants develop lifelong skills for improving health through step-by-step changes. Participants stay in the same small groups of 12-15 individuals throughout the core phases and usually meet at the same time and location every week. All participants are given routine opportunities to practice behavioral skills during the sessions and at home.

Following the core sessions, the program is structured to offer monthly post-core meetings for a minimum of six to eight months. The structure and content of the post-core sessions is more flexible than the core sessions, and topics can be tailored to the needs of the participants. The post-core sessions provide additional support and learning opportunities for participants while also helping them transition from having the frequent support of a group to maintaining their own lifestyle changes.

The goals of the program are to achieve 7 percent weight loss for all participants who complete the program; reduce A1C lab results, which Norman Regional will provide for each enrolled participant at the beginning and end of the program; and achieve 150 minutes of weekly physical activity for all of the program participants.

To find out more about Norman Regional's program, call 405-307-5730.