October 24, 2019 (Emporia, Kan.) – The Emporia Senior Center, Flint Hills Community Center and Emporia Recreation Center have partnered with Midland Care to combat Type 2 Diabetes through the” 24 for Life” program. 24 for Life is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
People with prediabetes have higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels and are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes can be diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes within 5 years. In this program eligible participants work with a trained lifestyle coach in groups to learn the skills they need to make lasting changes. The group helps participants lose weight, become more physically active and manage stress.
“One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Bushra Hashmi, 24 for Life Diabetes Prevention Coordinator. “The 24 for Life program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of Type 2 Diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”
Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. 24 for Life groups meet for a year for 24 session. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
“Small changes can add up to a big difference,” said Hashmi. “Working with a trained lifestyle coach who provides guidance has helped participant make lasting changes.” Research showed that people with prediabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.”
People are more likely to have prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes if they:
• Are 45 years of age or older;
• Are overweight;
• Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
• Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
• Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.
To participate in the 24 for Life program or learn more contact Donna Doel at 785-250-5210 or visit www.midlandcare.org/24forlife.
About Midland Care Connection, Inc. – Midland Care is a not-for-profit, community based organization providing options to families with challenging health care needs. Since 1978, Midland Care has touched lives through a range of health care services. For more information, visit www.midlandcareconnection.org.