Improving Lives by Lowering Risk Factors: The National Diabetes Prevention Program at Givens
One in three American adults has pre-diabetes, which surpasses 88 million people. Without taking action, many people with pre-diabetes can develop type 2 diabetes within five years. The good news is that you can prevent getting type 2 by learning new lifestyle behaviors to lower the risk of developing this disease. The Centers for Disease Control’s National Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program provides valuable education and tools to help reverse pre-diabetes.
Givens LifeMinistries is fully recognized as a CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program and facilitates this year-long program across our campuses. Recently 13 residents graduated from this program.
Collectively, they lost more than 160 pounds and averaged 3,960 minutes of activity a week. A second smaller group successfully graduated as well, after participating virtually during Covid.
The Prevent T2 Lifestyle Change Program is a year-long program designed for pre-diabetes and those at high risk for type 2 diabetes who want to lower their risk.
Prevent T2 helps participants achieve moderate weight loss by eating well and being active. By the end of the first six months, the goal is for participants to:
• Lose at least 5 to 7 percent of their starting weight
• Get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week, at a moderate pace or more
A three-year study by the CDC revealed that achieving these goals improves insulin sensitivity and can decrease the risk of developing diabetes by 70% in adults over age 60.
The Prevent T2 program is one example of the various wellness programs that LifeMinistries provides to Givens residents.