Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 23, 2013

Program to teach diabetes prevention coming to Ashland

Staff report
The Independent

ASHLAND — King’s Daughters Medical Center is bringing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program to Ashland.

The program will begin Aug. 27. Participants will learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their lives and lose weight to prevent them from developing diabetes in later years.  

The program is made possible in part by funding from the American Association of Diabetes Educators in partnership with the CDC. Meetings will take place at 10 a.m. each Tuesday in KDMC’s Health Education Center, located on the lower level of the hospital’s Lexington Avenue parking garage.

The diabetes prevention program focuses on lifestyle changes that can help participants reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It is specifically designed for people who have been diagnosed as being pre-diabetic.

“One out of three adults has pre-diabetes and doesn’t know it,” said Kim Bayes, diabetes educator at King’s Daughters. “This program is designed to help those people who are at risk of developing the disease make lifestyle changes that research has shown to be effective in preventing the development of type 2 diabetes.”

The diabetes prevention program provides participants with a lifestyle coach who meets with them in small groups over the course of 16 weeks. The coach works closely with participants to make modest lifestyle changes, eat healthier, be more physically active and reduce stress. Education and motivation are important parts of the program.

After the initial 16 sessions are complete, the group meets monthly for another six to eight sessions to support the changes members have made and help them sustain their progress.

The program is free. A physician referral is not required, but participants must be at least 18 years and meet one or more of the following eligibility criteria:

‰Be overweight

‰Have a family history of diabetes

‰Been told by a healthcare professional that they have pre-diabetes or borderline diabetes.

‰Had gestational diabetes while pregnant

“The sole focus of this program is to prevent people from developing diabetes,” Bayes said. As a result, it is not open to those who have been diagnosed or are being treated for diabetes. Pre-registration is required. Contact Bayes by phone at (606) 408-1560 or by email at kim.bayes@kdmc.kdhs.us.