Norman Regional Health System brings diabetes prevention program to city

The Norman Regional Health System is co-sponsoring a free prevention program for adults who have prediabetes.
BY JANE GLENN CANNON Jcannon@opubco.com Modified: April 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm •  Published: April 20, 2013
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Norman Regional Health System is sponsoring a prevention program for adults who might be prediabetic.

Information sessions about the program have been scheduled for those who may qualify to participate. Sessions will be offered at 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. April 30 at the Norman Regional Hospital Education Center, 901 N Porter Ave., and at 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. May 2 in the first-floor conference room at The HealthPlex, 3300 HealthPlex Parkway.

To qualify, a person must be at high risk for developing diabetes or have been diagnosed by a physician as someone with prediabetes.

The program is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Diabetes Prevention Program and advocates lifestyle changes that can delay or prevent diabetes from developing.

The CDC estimates that one out of three adults has prediabetes, and most are unaware of their condition.

People with prediabetes are five to 15 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than people with normal blood glucose levels.

The national program helps those at risk to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating right, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight.

Program participants meet in a small group with a trained lifestyle coach. After an initial 16 sessions, participants meet monthly for additional support.

The program is funded by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. To register or to learn more, call Teresa Brown at 307-5721 or email tbrown@nrh-ok.com.