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Diabetes Prevention Programs

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As Americans struggle with obesity and the myriad of health challenges that surround it, community centers, residential living facilities, and wellness-invested organizations are looking for ways to help people prevent diseases like Type 2 diabetes. By adding Diabetes Prevention Programs like the ones offered by Strive, you can help your community stop diabetes before it ever starts – and completely reverse prediabetes with behavioral and lifestyle changes.

Diabetes occurs when your blood sugar is too high for too long. Your body doesn’t make enough insulin (or doesn’t properly use the insulin you have) to process the glucose from the foods you eat, which is your body’s primary source of energy. The glucose stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells, eventually leading to a whole host of health problems, from heart and kidney disease to nerve damage and foot problems. Once you develop Type 2 diabetes, it can't be reversed, and it's a condition you'll have to manage for the rest of your life.

Prediabetes is an indication that you’re on the path toward diabetes – but with appropriate health changes, it’s a condition that can be reversed. At this point, the blood sugar levels are above average, but they're not high enough that diabetes has developed. Along with indicating a risk for type 2 diabetes, prediabetes also increases your chances of experiencing heart disease and stroke. 

Roughly one in three Americans has prediabetes, and some people are at higher risk than others. You may be more likely to have the condition if:
  • You’re overweight
  • Your parents or siblings have diabetes
  • You’re over the age of 45
  • You get physical exercise less than three times a week
  • You have polycystic ovary syndrome
  • You had gestational diabetes during pregnancy
  • You had a baby that weighed over nine pounds
  • You’re African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Pacific Islander, or Asian 

More than 84 million Americans have prediabetes, but incredibly, 90% don’t realize it. However, it can be easily diagnosed with a blood test from your doctor.

Research shows that there are two major changes you can make to your lifestyle and health that can drastically reduce the likelihood you’ll develop diabetes and can even reverse prediabetes altogether: losing weight and getting more exercise. For maximum results, experts recommend:
  • Losing 5% to 7% of your body weight – or about 15 pounds for a 250-pound person
  • Getting 150 minutes of brisk physical activity – or 30 minutes on five days of the week

To help people reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, organizations like the CDC and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases support the effectiveness of Diabetes Prevention Programs like the ones offered by Strive. These programs help at-risk participants make lifestyle changes specifically-designed to prevent diabetes from developing. The CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program has been found to help participants reduce the likelihood of developing diabetes by as much as 58% – and 71% for those over the age of 60. 
With our CDC-recognized National Diabetes Prevention Program, Strive can help your community to reduce the risk of developing diabetes by stopping prediabetes in the early stages. Working in accordance with the CDC program guidelines, participants in Strive's Diabetes Prevention Program will:
  • Receive help from a trainer lifestyle coach to make realistic lifestyle changes that last
  • Learn easy ways to incorporate better nutrition and more activity
  • Get stress management and motivation tips
  • Join a supportive community of others also working to reverse prediabetes

Strive's Diabetes Prevention Program lasts a full year, with weekly meetings for four months and monthly meetings for eight months. This provides program participants enough time to learn new health habits and make sure they're able to stick with them over time. Trainer lifestyle coaches – along with other group participants – can offer guidance, motivation, and encouragement along the way and can get a patient back on track if they struggle with establishing these new healthy behaviors. Under the guidance of trainer coaches, participants will learn:
  • How to eat more healthfully without giving up favorite foods
  • Ways to add exercise to a time-crunched schedule
  • The facts about diabetes and how specific behaviors can reduce the risk of developing it
  • How to identify and deal with food triggers
  • How to deal with obstacle situations like eating out
  • How to track food and activity to stay motivated

Strive’s Diabetes Prevention Program instructors are fully-certified and have received degrees as lifestyle coaches. They undergo extensive background, reference, and credential checks, and each instructor is required to have relevant experience working with participants of all ages to reach a wide range of health goals or in health-issue prevention. 

To help you plan a Diabetes Prevention Program that’s crafted especially for your participants and your resources, Strive will assign a project manager to work specifically with your organization as the single point of contact for your community health initiative. This coordinator will take care of every aspect of your program, including:
  • Marketing to announce your Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Enrollment/program sign up
  • Distribution and management of electronic liability waivers
  • Hiring certified, prescreening trainer lifestyle coaches
  • Administration and billing

Your organization also will be covered by Strive’s comprehensive liability coverage, which includes workers compensation coverage and a provision of services that fully indemnifies your institution of risk.

Strive provides a wide range of Community evidence-based Health Programs that can be offered alongside your Diabetes Prevention Program, from Dance Therapy to Healthy Living Workshops to Hypertension Prevention Programs. We also have programs like Onsite Stretching and Group Fitness Classes that can further encourage your community to make healthy changes. All of our programming is available nationwide, so you reach populations in locations across the country or at one single facility. No matter what size program you choose to create or how many programming elements you add, your Project Manager will manage all of the day-to-day details, alleviating any internal administrative burdens.
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