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A long and healthy life

By Staff | Jan 23, 2017

Avera Holy Family Hospital’s diabetes prevention class started Jan. 11. About a dozen women, ranging in age from 30s to 70s, who qualified based on risk factors, are participating in the class.

The 16-week program focuses on reducing the risk of developing Type II?diabetes by gradually making lifestyle changes.

The Centers for Disease control offers the class to communities. It’s called Prevent T2, and was launched in March, 2016.

Dietician Tina Bauermeister quizzed the class on its second meeting, “What is the weight loss goal for this class?”?

“Seven percent,”?several members called out.

The curriculum promotes modest weight loss, 5 to 7 percent of current weight if overweight or obese, and increased physical activity through a 12 month lifetyle change program.

Class member Judy Kluender said she chose to make changes to her lifestyle after visiting Avera’s Planet Heart program.

“When I gave up Mountain Dew, I lost five pounds in the first month.”

Bauermeister said the amount of sugar in regular soda is approximately 18 sugar cubes.

“Changing out soda to water or unsweetened tea is a fast first step to losing weight and lowering your sugar intake,”?Bauermeister said.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a partnership of public and private organizations working to reduce the growing problem of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. The partners work to make it easier for people with prediabetes to participate in evidence-based, affordable, and high-quality lifestyle change programs to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and improve their overall health.

The CDC-approved PreventT2 curriculum can be used by CDC-recognized organizations that offer the 12-month lifestyle change program.

The national prediabetes awareness campaign, developed in partnership with the Ad Council, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Medical Association, urges people to find out their prediabetes risk, confirm the results with their doctor, and participate in a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program.

The class is interactive, with discussion, sharing of goals, an optional walking session with class leaders before or after class time, and healthy snacks. The first session included water and the popcorn snack Skinny Pop. The second session included, again, water and a chopped salad from a bag with sunflower seeds and a slightly sweet dressing.

Kluender said she uses a step counter to track her movement through the day.