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SMH Diabetes Prevention Program Recognized by Centers of Disease Control


Timothy A. Churchill, President and CEO of Western Maine Health is pleased to announce that the SMH Diabetes Prevention Program (Empower Program) was recognized by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC). The SMH Diabetes Prevention Program was the first to be recognized in the state of Maine by the CDC.

The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing Type 2 diabetes. The National Diabetes Prevention Program teaches participants strategies for incorporating physical activity into daily life and eating healthy. Lifestyle coaches work with participants to identify emotions and situations that can sabotage their success, and the group process encourages participants to share strategies for dealing with challenging situations.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program:

  • Research study show that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5% to 7% of their body weight—that is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person.
  • Reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with prediabetes.

The SMH Diabetes Prevention Program (Empower Program) started In September 2012 and has had 5 classes so far. Participants work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting to receive a 1-year lifestyle change program that includes 16 core sessions (1 class per week) followed by 6 post-core sessions (1 class per month). The SMH Diabetes Prevention Program is led by Doreen Adams, RN, BSN, CDE, Clinical Coordinator of Diabetes Program, Dee Snow,CPT, Rehab Aide/Exercise Tech, Pat Watson, MS, RD, LD, CDE, Director of Food & Nutrition Services and Erin Mowery, Data Analyst.



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