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
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Peconic Bay Medical Center
1300 Roanoke Ave, Riverhead NY
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
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Suffolk County Department of
725 Veterans Highway Hauppauge, NY
Contact: Janis 631-853-2928
more information visit our website at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/health
located under Healthy Living, or Call the Office of Health Education at
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