National Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program

Date: January 6, 2014
Time: 5 - 6 p.m. CT
Location: Aspirus Grand View Health System, Ironwood, MI 49938
Contact: Lucia Patritto, 906-663-4045,

Delay or prevent diabetes with series of weekly, then monthly classes Do you have a family history of diabetes? Have you been told by a health care professional that you have pre-diabetes (sometimes called “borderline” diabetes)? Are you otherwise at risk for developing diabetes (see sidebar)? Becoming more active and losing a modest amount of weight can help you change your future. Beginning January 6 you can work to avoid or delay developing this disease. The National Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program can help take steps to prevent diabetes. The program is a series of 16 weekly classes, each one hour long, designed for people who are ready and willing to make a significant commitment to their health. The series will take place on Monday evenings, from 5 - 6 p.m., at Aspirus Grand View Hospital in Ironwood.

People will learn to:

  • move their muscles
  • take charge of what’s around them
  • eat out successfully
  • manage stress
  • be a fat detective
  • tip the calorie balance
  • stay motivated
  • take back negative thoughts…  
  • …and more!

Lucia Patritto, educator from Michigan State University Extension will facilitate the class. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan is a co-sponsor. Patritto said, “Studies prove that the most successful people at preventing diabetes were those that focused on eating less fat and calories, increasing physical activity, setting goals, and making personal environmental changes. By doing this they decreased their weight by 5-7% and lowered their risk of developing diabetes by 58%!”

She went on to say that those who attend, herself included, will learn from each other. “Though I’ll facilitate the class, conduct activities, and distribute valuable handouts and monitoring tools such as food scales and food counters, it is the support of the people in this class for each other that will be very valuable.” Patritto explained that sometimes we are so busy looking at the BIG picture (such as losing a certain amount of weight) that we forget to focus on small behaviors that may help us get to our goal.

Examples of behaviors that may lead to losing weight include: eating smaller portions, increasing physical activity, eating more fruits and vegetables, eating less fats, and tracking calories. Following the 16 weekly sessions, attendees will have an opportunity to reinforce their learning and behavior changes by attending eight monthly one-hour sessions.

A $50 fee covers the weekly and monthly classes and all handouts and materials along with MSU Extension.

Pre-registration by January 2, along with a $25 deposit, is necessary. The session is limited to fifteen participants. For more information please contact Patritto at MSU Extension, (906) 663-4045, toll-free at 1-888-MSUE-4-MI (Gogebic), or by e-mail at

Are you at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes? Take the risk quiz:

_____ Are you 45 years or age or older?

_____ Are you overweight?

_____ Do you get too little physical activity (less than 30-60 minutes a day, most days)?

_____ Do you have high blood pressure (140/90mmHg or above) or are you being treated for high blood pressure?

_____ Do you have a history of cardiovascular disease?

_____ Do you have high cholesterol? Do you have HDL (or “good) cholesterol below 35 mg/dL or a triglyceride level above 250 mg/dL?

_____ Do you have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes?

_____ Are you a woman with a history of gestational diabetes or did you give birth to a baby who weighed 9 pounds or more?

_____ Are you Native-American, Latino, African-American, Asian-American, or Pacific Islander?

_____ Are you a woman with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

_____ Have you had an impaired fasting glucose (IFG) or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) on previous testing?

_____ Do you have other conditions associated with insulin resistance, such as severe obesity or a condition called acanthosis nigricans, characterized by a dark, velvety rash around the neck or armpits?

If you checked two or more: ACT NOW! (for more information about the National Diabetes Prevention Program study visit 

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