Eat right and exercise. Simple advice that’s not always so simple to follow. For a person with risk factors to develop Type 2 diabetes, that advice is essential. A nationally recognized Prevent T2 Program offered by Summit Health is here to help the community manage weight and risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates more than 30 million people have diabetes and most of them, 90%, have Type 2, meaning their diabetes is a result of lifestyle. Learning to manage the disease with diet and exercise is doable and key to living a healthier life.
That’s where the CDC-led Prevent T2 program comes in. It’s a proven lifestyle-change program to prevent or delay onset of Type 2 diabetes in high-risk patients. Program coaches empower participants to take charge of their health.
This fall, the program received full recognition by the CDC for adhering to national standards for helping people in Franklin County prevent diabetes.
“It’s an honor to be recognized at the national level, but it is more rewarding to help people change their habits to live a healthier life,” said Nickie Fickel, program coordinator for Community Services at Summit Health.
Participants say they’ve lost weight, feel better, and have a better understanding of how they need to eat and exercise in their daily lives.
Participant Success: Nadene Cashell
“I went to the doctor and he said my bloodwork was borderline for diabetes,” said Nadene Cashell, Prevent T2 participant. “My mom had it and I knew it was a matter of time before I got it too.”
Since Nadene has been in the program, she’s lost 26 pounds. She’s off medication for stiff joints and she’s learned how to remain active and eat better.
“I try to do physical activity for about 30 minutes each day and eat smaller portions,” said Cashell.
Large habit changes don’t just happen overnight. Cashell said she got more out of the program than just classroom instruction.
“The other people in the class help with accountability and we help each other. That helps just as much as the class, you just have to come regularly and have a desire to change,” explained Cashell.
The Prevent T2 program is a full year commitment. Groups meet every week for the first six months, then twice a month for the next six months.
Participant Success: Joan Haller
Haller got involved in the program through the suggestion of a friend. Since joining the class she’s lost 38 pounds and has seen her cholesterol levels lowered for the first time in decades.
“The older we get, it is harder to lose weight. I’ve been trying different programs for the last 40 years, and I’ve finally been successful,” said Haller.
Joan said she’s doing her best to stay healthy for her husband.
“My husband also has diabetes and is disabled. I have to stay healthy for as long as possible to take care of him,” said Haller.
Haller admits she’s still working on being active on a regular basis, but has this advice for anyone thinking about joining the Prevent T2 family.
“Stay in it for the long haul and commit for the entire year,” said Haller.
The next session is enrolling now. If you would like to register visit, SummitHealth.org/preventt2