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Powell Valley Healthcare again offering type 2 diabetes prevention program this coming fall

Community news | Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Contact: Jim Cannon

Powell Valley Healthcare is starting its second Prevent T2 program to help prevent or at least delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. The program is designed for anyone concerned about developing diabetes, anyone with a history of gestational diabetes or who already knows they have pre-diabetes.

The program begins Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Sessions run from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. PVHC’s lifestyle coaches lead the program. Tina Braet-Thomas is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetic Care & Education Specialist and Certified Lifestyle Coach. Mary Neil is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Lifestyle Coach. They will partner with NWC to offer the program at NWC’s Trapper West Campus located at 1397 Fort Drum Drive. If you would like to learn more about the program, Tina and Mary will be hosting a free lunch and learn in the hospital conference room on Wednesday, August 25 at noon. Call 754-1104 to register for this free lunch and learn.

The CDC’s Prevent T2 program is an evidence-based diabetes prevention program with proven results. The program can reduce the risk of you developing type 2 diabetes by 58% and if you are over 60 years old can reduce your risk by 71%. The program involves a one year commitment and the diabetic educators provide support throughout the year to help you reach your goals and stop the onset of diabetes. The Prevent T2 program focuses on lifestyle changes and helps people find ways to increase physical activity, decrease caloric intake and reduce their total body weight by a minimum of 5 to 7 percent. “Our first group of participants finished their year’s journey this past June with amazing results,” said Braet-Thomas. “Between all of our folks, they lost 171#! That’s a whole person! As a group they increased their physical activity by 603 minutes a week,” exclaimed Braet-Thomas. The diabetes prevention program proves that lifestyle changes work effectively.

Key facts: In the US, over 30 million people currently have diabetes and another 86 million people have pre-diabetes, most of whom do not know they have it (according to the Centers for Disease Control). In Wyoming, 9% of people have been told by their doctor that they have diabetes (according to the Wyoming Department of Health). Anyone over age 45 is at risk of developing type 2 diabetes and the risk increases as we age. You are at risk if you have someone in your family who has or had diabetes. Women who have had gestational diabetes or who had a baby weighing 9 pounds or more at birth are at risk. Also, anyone who has a sedentary lifestyle with little physical activity or who is overweight is at risk of developing diabetes.

If you think you might have pre-diabetes or would like to learn more about the Prevent T2 program, please call Tina Braet-Thomas at 754-2267, extension 3604.