Diabetes Program

The McLean County Health Department has recently announced the arrival and availability of the PreventT2 program for McLean County residents.

PreventT2 is included in the National Diabetes Prevention Program that is currently led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The lifestyle change program’s mission is to guide individuals with prediabetes in decreasing their chances of establishing Type 2 diabetes. Participants will be led by a trained lifestyle coach to develop the skills they need to make lasting changes. 

People with prediabetes and higher than normal sugar levels are five to 15 times more likely to establish type 2 diabetes than those with normal sugar levels. Those with prediabetes can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within five years. 

Participants involved with PreventT2 will learn how to eat healthy, include physical activity in their routine, handle stress, stay motivated and deal with conflicts that can get in the way of healthy changes. 

PreventT2 groups will come together for a year. The first six months will start with weekly meetings, followed by one to two meetings a month for the second six months. This is to help maintain those healthy lifestyle changes. 

The program’s group setting brings a supportive atmosphere with people who are dealing with similar problems and trying to work toward similar changes. As they come together, participants will celebrate their successes and look for ways to deal with their challenges. 

The McLean County Health Department is hosting an introductory session to familiarize possible participants with the lifestyle change program and answer any questions. 

The session will also go over what is expected from participants involved with the program and let community members decide their readiness to participate. This session will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Health Department located at 200 W Front Street in Bloomington.

KELLIE FOY is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at vidette_kafoy1@ilstu.edu  Follow her on Twitter at @kellie_foy 

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