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New Diabetes Prevention Program launches at Buffalo Hospital

BUFFALO, Minn. 07/07/2015

Registration is currently open for the new Diabetes Prevention Program at Buffalo Hospital, part of Allina Health. This program, which is nationally led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Diabetes Program, is a lifestyle change program, where participants will be educated on making healthier choices and increasing physical activity.

The program consists of 16 core sessions with group support as well as six monthly follow-up meetings throughout the next year, all led by a certified lifestyle coach. This program is proven to help people reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

This course is being taught by Certified Lifestyle Coach, Sharon Walker, RN, who received training through the Minnesota Department of Health. "We are so excited to be able to offer this program to our community," says Mona Volden, manager of the Community Engagement and Wellness department at Buffalo Hospital.

"We know that many people are at risk for diabetes or have been diagnosed as having pre-diabetes. Our goal is to partner with individuals to help prevent the progression of this disease and the risk factors associated with it," Volden says. Certified lifestyle coaches are trained facilitators who deliver the National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change program at CDC-recognized sites.

Individuals with a high risk for developing type 2 diabetes are welcome to register. The American Diabetes Association recommends that testing to detect pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes be considered in adults without symptoms who are overweight or obese and have one or more additional risk factors for diabetes. Testing for diabetes should begin at age 45. Risk factors include the following:


  • Those who are overweight or obese
  • Those with a family history of diabetes
  • Those who have had gestational diabetes
  • Having a family background that is African American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, or Pacific Islander
  • Those who have had high blood pressure

Classes are $30, which includes the entire year-long program consisting of 16 weekly group sessions, six monthly follow up sessions and coaching from a Lifestyle Coach. Classes will begin on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 and will be hosted on site at Buffalo Hospital.

For more information or to register, call Buffalo Hospital's Community Engagement and Wellness at 763-684-7025.

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