Diabetes Prevention Program

Helping to Prevent Diabetes

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a structured, year-long program developed to prevent type 2 diabetes in people who have prediabetes, or are at risk for type 2 diabetes, but do not already have diabetes. The program fosters long-term changes and lasting results by teaching new habits and skills and boosting confidence. It is led by a trained lifestyle coach that helps participants live healthier lives through healthy eating, stress reduction, and physical activity. Group support from others who share similiar goals and struggles is also offered. 

The program's weekly sessions cover the following topics:

  • Basic skills such as healthy eating, phsyical activity, food intake, and fat and calorie counting
  • Controlling external environment, or your surroundings, problem solving, and eating out
  • Dealing with psychological and/or emotional issues including challenges, stressors, and motivation

The program's bi-weekly sessions cover the following topics:

  • Healthy eating and nutrition, which includes information on fats, food prep, recipe modification, variety and balance, etc.
  • Staying on top of physical activity and stepping it up
  • Managing stress and preventing relapse through balancing thoughts, handling holidays, vacations and special events, stress and time management
  • Chronic diseases including heart health and type 2 diabetes

For More Information

To learn more about the program, contact Julie Cooke, the Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator at the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative at (315) 261-4760 ext. 239 or via email at julie@gethealthyslc.org.

Individuals with questions regarding relationships between cancer and diabetes can contact local Registered Dietician/Certified Diabetes Educators Shannon VanHouse at SVanhouse@chmed.org or Karen Cole at kcole@chmed.org. Both Shannon and Karen work at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center.