National Diabetes Prevention Program Now Being Offered at CCH

COLUMBUS – Through a partnership with two other agencies, the Columbus Community Hospital will now be offering the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

In a press release from CCH it says, the hospital has partnered with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in order to offer the program.

The press release states, “There are more than 79 million Americans who have prediabetes and many do not know it. People with prediabetes have blood glucose (sugar) levels higher than normal, but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. People with prediabetes are more likely to get type 2 diabetes than others, leading to serious health complications, including heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, or loss of toes, feet or legs.”

The press release states, National DPP will help people lose weight and prevent or delay the risk of getting type 2 diabetes, and says at risk people include, adults who are overweight, those with a family history of diabetes, those diagnosed with gestational diabetes, prediabetes, borderline diabetes, or had a baby weighing over 9 pounds.

“The first session is April 18, and requires a commitment to the yearlong program. There are 16+ sessions for the first 6 months and sessions once or twice a month for the remaining 6 months,” states the press release.

For more information about the program, contact the diabetes educators at Columbus Community Hospital: Alicia Mueller, BSN, RN, 402-562-3322, or Joan Plummer, RD, LMNT, CDE, 402-562-4462,