RHINEBECK, N.Y. -- Small lifestyle changes -- like eating less and moving more -- can reap big rewards, especially when it comes to heading off diabetes, say national health experts.
The type two version of the metabolic disorder is usually bought on by factors such as obesity and lack of exercise in people who are genetically predisposed to get the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
A diabetes prevention program will be offered at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, starting Monday, March 28.
There will be two sessions available: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. or 6 - 7 p.m. for 16 consecutive Mondays.
The program will be led by Roufia Payman, a nutrition counselor, and Marie Monroe, an exercise specialist.
Just losing 5 to 7 percent of your body weight can cut the risk of developing type two diabetes in half, according to the CDC.
Alfred and Susan Orcutt, two Poughkeepsie residents with health concerns who participated in last year’s program, said they gave it their “best shot” and lost a combined 70 pounds.
Following the CDC’s advice, the Orcutts said they were also able to lower their blood sugar “out of the diabetic range” and get their cholesterol and blood pressure under control.
Monroe said she has seen many other Hudson Valley couples go through life-changing transformations together.
“It’s such an honor to be a part of their new lives,” she said. Program seating is limited and spots fill up fast, the hospital said.
To find out if you qualify for the program, call Amanda Sheffield at (845) 871-4380, or email her at asheffie@Health-quest.org.
The hospital, located at 6511 Springbrook Ave., can be reached at (845) 876-3001.
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