Three diabetes prevention workshops in January in Detroit

Classes include Cooking Matters: Learn to prepare food on a budget

Detroit, MICH. – (December 20, 2017) – Prediabetes is a serious health condition that affects 2.6 million Michiganders (more than 1 in 3) and often leads to type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is also an urgent health problem in the African American community, where rates of diabetes are higher than the general population. The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) can reduce the risk, delay the onset or even prevent diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Center, a division of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM), will offer the DPP next month at three locations in Detroit:

Samaritan Center
5555 Conner St., Detroit, MI 48213
Information session: Thursday, January 11, 2018, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
First class: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

St. Patrick Senior Center
58 Parsons St., Detroit, MI 48201
Information session: Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
First class: Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
2080 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208
Information session: Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
First class: Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

NKFM has partnered with the Gleaners Food Bank to include “Cooking Matters” as part of the workshops. Cooking Matters is an evidence-based nutrition education program on how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget. Participants will receive groceries at specific classes so they can practice their new skills at home. The workshops are also part of a study being administered by Wayne State University. Although study participation is encouraged, it is not a requirement.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong program designed for people with prediabetes or at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, with the goal that participants will adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Payment for the workshop is covered by various funders. Scholarships are available for eligible participants. Details will be available at the information sessions.

Diabetes Prevention Program workshops are led by trained lifestyle coaches. Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

“I took the course because my family has a history of diabetes,” states Keithia, who finished a program at St. Patrick’s in December 2016. “The skills we learned are life skills. If something happens, you have the skills to get back on track. Our coach was awesome and customized content for us. Our team supported each other. Everybody met or came close to their goals.” Keithia has maintained her weight loss, reduced her cholesterol to normal and has not developed type 2 diabetes.

These are the first DPP workshops to start since the NKFM received its fourth certification of full-recognition by the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Research Program.

To find out if you may have prediabetes or if you are at risk for it, you can:
• ask your doctor to tell you if you are at risk for diabetes;
• find out your risk via the risk test at www.nkfm.org/dpp; or
• find out about your risk by calling the Diabetes Prevention Center at 800-482-1455.
The risk test will also be provided at the information sessions. To register or for more information, visit www.nkfm.org/dpp or call 800-482-1455.

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About the Diabetes Prevention Center:
The Diabetes Prevention Center, a division of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM), offers the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) throughout Michigan to prevent type 2 diabetes and reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease. The NKFM’s DPP, which was the first in Michigan to receive full recognition from the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program, has received its fourth consecutive certification of full recognition. The NKFM has also been recognized for its success in sound fiscal management by receiving a 4-star rating, 10 years in a row from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. nkfm.org

More info on Prediabetes:
People with prediabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes may be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within 5 years.
People are more likely to have prediabetes if they:
• 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
• Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.





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