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Worcester Health offering Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

Nutrition and fitness-based diabetes prevention classes start in October

Snow Hill, MD- Small changes often lead to major results and Worcester County Health Department’s Lifestyle Balance: Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) aims to help residents eat healthy, be active and lower their risk for type 2 diabetes with easy-to-follow tips and tools.

The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program will be held from 9:30-10:30 am every Tuesday at the Community Church at Ocean Pines, 11227 Racetrack Road, Berlin starting October 15, 2019. The program is a covered benefit for eligible Medicare participants. MDPP is for individuals with prediabetes or at-risk for type 2 diabetes.

MDPP is a year-long intervention program proven to prevent type 2 diabetes among individuals with prediabetes or those who are found to be ‘at risk’ for the disease. The program consists of 16 weekly sessions followed by once a month support sessions for the remainder of one full year. Participants receive individual coaching from a certified Lifestyle Change Coach and have the opportunity to work with their peers in developing new healthy lifestyle behaviors. Those who take the classes will learn about healthy eating, physical activity, stress management, weight loss, time management, and more.

“We are excited to provide the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program in our County. Research has proven that healthy eating, physical activity, and a 5-7% weight loss can prevent type 2 diabetes in those with prediabetes or those who are ‘at risk’ for the disease,” said Mimi Dean, Director of Prevention Services at the Worcester County Health Department.

All participants receive their own personal lifestyle change coach who will assist them with goal setting, progress, and overcoming barriers. Program participants also receive incentives. Please call 410-632-1100 option 4 to discuss program enrollment, eligibility, and to request a registration packet.