Held March 28, 2017, American Diabetes Association Alert Day is a day to sound the alarm about the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in American adults. An estimated 86 million Americans have prediabetes, and 90 percent of them don’t know they have it. Prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes and its many serious complications. It’s crucial for people to know their risk because prediabetes can be reversed with healthy food choices, weight loss, exercise, other lifestyle changes and medication.
Each year on the last Tuesday of March, American Diabetes Association Alert Day encourages everyone to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test and participate in workplace-friendly activities that will teach them about reversing the risk for diabetes.
Cornerstone Family Healthcare hosts a weekly 12-week diabetes self-management program called Living Well with Diabetes to educate and assist patients with managing their diabetes, symptoms, and to help in keeping track of health goals. The ultimate goal of this program is to get diabetic patients to a point in their life where it is much easier for them to manage their condition on their own with confidence.
During the weekly sessions, the program works with patients with the following:
- Check in with a health care provider and nutritionist
- Peer support
- Check in on self-management goals
- Exercise such as Zumba, chair yoga, walking, tai chi
- Stress reduction guided exercise
- Healthy snacks
- Free fruits and vegetables
- Health related information to help participants stay on track with their goals and better manage diabetes or prediabetes
- Assistance with making appointments to medical care
Living Well with Diabetes also hosts guest speakers such as Cornerstone’s Optometrist, the Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Shoprite’s Registered Dietitian for a grocery store tour.
Eligible participants may receive:
- Folding Upper & Lower Body Cycle with Adjustable Tension
- Gift card
- Go Healthy Portion Control Travel Lunch Plate
- Measuring cups
- Diabetes Cook Book
Upon completion of the program, participants receive a Certificate of Achievement on Personal Diabetes Management.
The next session of the program will begin in May 2017. Please call (845) 563-8043 or visit www.cornerstonefamilyhealthcare.org for more information!