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Healthy Suffolk: Free Program Helps Participants to Reduce Risk of Diabetes


Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Department of Health Services Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken invite residents who are at risk for developing type-2 diabetes to participate, free of charge, in the county- administered National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The program supports moderate behavioral changes and has proven to reduce risk in those who are at risk for type 2 diabetes.

DPP is based on a research study led by the National Institutes of Health. The study showed that with intensive counseling and motivational support, participants were able to make behavioral changes, reducing their risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes by 58 percent. Lifestyle changes worked particularly well for participants aged 60 and older, reducing their risk by 71 percent.

“We seek to reverse in Suffolk County the nationwide trend toward increased rates of diabetes. This program addresses the behaviors that contribute to diabetes, a disease that exacts enormous costs to the individual, the family and the community,” said Executive Bellone, who rolled out “Healthy Suffolk” last year.

“Diabetes puts people at risk for many serious health conditions,” said Dr. Tomarken. “The good news is that moderate changes in lifestyle can help restore blood sugar toward normal levels and result in significant health benefits,” said Dr. Tomarken.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is led by a trained lifestyle coach. It meets one hour per week for 16 weeks, then monthly for the remainder of one year. The Department of Health Services is offering three new sixteen-week Diabetes Prevention series beginning in February and March.

Mondays, February 22, 29, March 7,14,21,28, April 4,11,18,25, May 2,9,16, 23, June 6, 13, 2016

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Swezey Medical Pavillion

103 West Main Street Patchogue, NY 11772

Contact: Debora 853-2928




Wednesdays, March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1,8,15, 22, 29, July 6, 2016

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Peconic Bay Medical Center

1300 Roanoke Ave, Riverhead NY 11901

Contact: Janis 631-853-3187


Thursdays, March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2,9,16, 23, 30, July 7, 2016

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Suffolk County Department of Health Services

725 Veterans Highway Hauppauge, NY 11788

Contact: Janis 631-853-2928


For more information visit our website at located under Healthy Living, or Call the Office of Health Education at 853-3162               



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Suffolk County Government

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