Mercy’s Diabetes Prevention Program recently earned Full Recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This designation is reserved for programs that have effectively delivered a quality, evidenced-based program that meets all the standards for CDC recognition.
“We are extremely proud of the invaluable contribution our Diabetes Prevention Program team has made in the prevention of type 2 diabetes in our communities,” said Mike Youso, Mercy CEO. “Their work to implement a program that is based on the science of diabetes prevention has made a real difference in the lives of the people who have completed the program. Receiving recognition from the CDC is a great accomplishment for the team.”
“One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Jennifer Gherau, RD, LD. “Mercy’s Diabetes Prevention 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.”
Working with Mercy lifestyle coaches, participants in the Diabetes Prevention Program 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. Participants meet for a year — weekly for the first six months, then once or twice a month for the second six months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together, participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
Led by Jennifer Gherau, Mercy lifestyle coaches include Shelly DeCaigny, RN; Amanda Paull, RN; and Donita Korpela, RN.
To learn more about the program, contact Jennifer Gherau at 218.485.5653.