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Northern New Mexico Community members are preventing type 2 diabetes together by participating in the free National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) offered in Española by The Family YMCA and the Rio Arriba Cooperative Extension Service.
Guided by trained lifestyle coaches, groups of participants will learn the skills necessary to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.
People with prediabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are five to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within three years.
“One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater.” said Melanie Chapman, Wellness Director of The Family YMCA. “The NDPP Program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”
Participants will 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.
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