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Title: You can prevent type 2 diabetes

Baltimore County seeking to enroll residents in a national program

The Baltimore County Department of Health recently received a grant to enroll people with prediabetes in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), an evidence-based lifestyle change program. The NDPP in Baltimore County is offering free seminars to help those with prediabetes and at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

One in three adults have prediabetes and most are unaware of their condition. Prediabetes means a person has a blood glucose (blood sugar) level higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and it is preventable. People with prediabetes may delay the onset of type 2 diabetes and possibly return their blood glucose levels to normal by participating in this free program.

The NDPP in Baltimore County meets in a small group for just one hour every week for 16 weeks. A trained lifestyle coach leads the weekly sessions to help participants improve food choices, increase physical activity, and learn coping skills to maintain weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes. The goal of the NDPP is to have participants eat healthy, be more active, and lose body weight and keep it off.

You may be eligible for the Diabetes Prevention Program if you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 24, and have been told by a doctor you have prediabetes, or score 9 or higher on the diabetes risk test. Take the prediabetes risk test online at www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention. Free seminars to learn about the NDPP in Baltimore County will be offered at the following locations:

Drumcastle Government Center

6401 York Road, 21212 Third Floor Conference Room

Thursday, January 26, noon to 1 PM

Tuesday, February 21, noon to 1 PM

 

Eastern Family Resource Center

9100 Franklin Square Drive, 21237 Room 101A

Tuesday, February 7, noon to 1 PM

 

Owings Mills Campus

10225 Jensen Lane, 21117 Room 118

Thursday, February 9, noon to 1 PM

 

Liberty Family Resource Center

3525 Resource Drive, 21133 Room C51

Tuesday, February 14, noon to 1 PM 

For more information about the National Diabetes Prevention Program in Baltimore County, call the Department of Health at 410-887-0413.

 

 


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016