March 4, 2015

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National Diabetes Prevention Program


What Is the Benefit of Being Part of a National Diabetes Prevention Program?

Northern Dutchess Hospital is part of the FREE National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes. Northern Dutchess is helping participants make healthy life choices. Read their powerful stories here (PDF)

As part of a National Diabetes Prevention Program group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

  National Diabetes Prevention Program Features:

  • Trained lifestyle coach
  • CDC-approved curriculum
  • Group support
  • 16 weekly meetings
  • 6 monthly follow-up meetings

Where can I participate in the program?

Northern Dutchess Hospital will offer a free, 16-week National Diabetes Prevention Program, beginning March 9, 2015 on its scenic Rhinebeck campus. Participants will meet on consecutive Mondays through June 26 in the hospital’s cafeteria conference rooms, 6511 Springbrook Ave., Rhinebeck. They can sign up for one of two sessions: at 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. To register, contact Amanda Sheffield at or 845-871-4380.


Lifestyle coaches include Roufia Payman, supervisor of outpatient nutrition education (center) and Wellness Center exercise specialist Marie Monroe (left). Women's Health Secretary Amanda Sheffield (right) will help register participants.

Does the  National Diabetes Prevention Program Work?

The  National Diabetes Prevention Program can help people with prediabetes cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight — that is 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds. These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people with prediabetes.

What Is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. One in three American adults has prediabetes, and most do not even know they have it. If you have prediabetes and do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity, you may develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years.

Am I at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?

You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older;
  • Are overweight;
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant which disappeared after the delivery (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.

If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes.

Can I Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

Yes! Hearing your doctor say, “You’re at risk for type 2 diabetes,” or “You have prediabetes,” means that you can start preventing type 2 diabetes today. And you do not have to do it alone. Finding the  National Diabetes Prevention Program was your first step on that journey. If you have prediabetes, now is the time for prevention. Northern Dutchess Hospital’s National Diabetes Prevention Program can help you take charge of your health to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

What Is the National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change intervention?

National Diabetes Prevention Program groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. During each session, your lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion.

For example, you will learn to:

  • Eat healthy
  • Add physical activity to your life
  • Manage stress
  • Stay on track when eating out

National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle coaches have the experience and training to help you reach your goals. Your lifestyle coach will help you:

  • Learn the facts about healthy eating and physical activity and explain how these behaviors will help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Set and meet your goals
  • Build relationships with ?other participants
  • Work as a group to meet challenges
  • Understand and respond to your food cues
  • Stay motivated
  • Solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes

For more information about the National Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum, go to

*Northern Dutchess Hospital is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


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