Join the Hoos’ Wise Virtual Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in Learning How to Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

It is estimated that 1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes.  People with prediabetes have higher-than-normal blood glucose levels and are 5 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 5 years. People are more likely to have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if they:

·       Are 45 years of age or older;

·       Are overweight;

·       Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;

·       Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or

·       Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.

The good news is that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed, and the need for prevention programs to do just that is great.

Hoos’ Wise DPP is a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of lifestyle coaches and one’s peers. The program is based on research that showed that people with prediabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest lifestyle changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

In the program 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.  Participants will also have the opportunity to participant in group fitness sessions.

Hoo’s Wise DPP group will meet virtually for a year — weekly for the first 4 months, twice a month for 2 months, then monthly for 6 months. 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.

The program will meet virtually with coaches broadcasting from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  The virtual meetings will be held in the Ely Health & Wellness Center, 1st floor conference room, on Wednesdays from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.  The cost to participate is $100.00, but participants have the opportunity to earn their money back if they achieve attendance and weight loss goals.

To learn more about the program or to obtain an enrollment form, please contact: Please
Francene Meade, HR Benefits Administrator at 328-0142 or kfm4x@uvawise.edu.
or Viola Holmes at UVA Virginia Center for Diabetes Prevention & Education (434) 982-0173 or vjf7j@virginia.edu.

Registration is limited to 12 participants and is open on a first come, first serve basis – so don’t delay!