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Health Initiatve recognized by the CDC!

The Health Initiative has received full recognition from the Centers for Disease Control Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) for its successful implementation of the National Diabetes Prevention Program in St. Lawrence County.

The Health Initiative began implementing the Diabetes Prevention Program in September of 2013. Nine year-long programs have been completed, and four programs are currently underway.

The purpose of DPRP is to recognize organizations that have demonstrated their ability to effectively deliver a proven type 2 diabetes prevention lifestyle intervention.

Participants include those diagnosed as prediabetic by blood glucose test, and those at high risk for Type 2 Diabetes, based on a prediabetes screening test. Guided by a trained lifestyle coach, groups of 8-12 participants learn the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.  

People are more likely to have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if they: Are 45 years of age or older; 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 participate in the Health Inititative‚Äôs Diabetes Prevention Program, contact Linda at 261-4760 ext. 230 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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