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Bartlesville and Surrounding Area Residents Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with Proven Program

 

 

Join Other Get Fit Club: Diabetes Prevention by Healthy Lifestyle & Weight Management Program Participants in Learning How to Make Healthy Changes.

Community members are preventing type 2 diabetes together with the Get Fit Club lifestyle change intervention offered by Jane Phillips Medical Center. Guided by a dietitian and an exercise specialist, groups of participants are learning the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.

People with pre-diabetes—higher than normal blood glucose (sugar) levels—are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years if they do not take steps to prevent it.

“One in three American adults has pre-diabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Sherry Jackson, Registered and Licensed Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. “The Jane Phillips Get Fit Club offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a dietitian, an exercise specialist, 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. The Get Fit Club meets once a week for 12 weeks, then monthly to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. 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.

The Jane Phillips Get Fit Club follows the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The local program meets at Jane Phillips Medical Center, on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m., beginning on January 20, 2015 and costs $240. More than 40 local participants have already completed the Get Fit Club and Jane Phillips Medical Center will continue to improve the health and wellness of the community through this program.

Program participants experienced many benefits. “Having others to share struggles with made me make the effort to be there.” “Presenters were supportive, not judgmental.” “Just the simplicity of the program helped me tremendously!”

The Get Fit Club: Diabetes Prevention by Healthy Lifestyle & Weight Management Program is based on research that showed that people with pre-diabetes 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. These same interventions can help those with type 2 diabetes manage their disease.

Nationwide implementation of the program could save the U.S. healthcare system $5.7 billion and prevent about 885,000 future cases of type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that can lead to health problems including heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

“Small changes can add up to a big difference,” added Dawn Lundwall, JPMC Manager of Wellness Services.

“Working with trained professionals who provide guidance, Get Fit Club participants are making lasting changes together.”

People are more likely to have pre-diabetes 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 learn more or to register for the Get Fit Club, call the Jane Phillips Wellness Connection at 918/331-1102.

 (The Jane Phillips Get Fit Club follows the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Research shows that modest behavior changes, such as making better food choices and increasing physical activity, reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people at high-risk for developing this disease. The National Diabetes Prevention Program brings together federal agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, employers, insurers, health care professionals, academia, and other stakeholders to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among people with pre-diabetes. www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention.)

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