If you’re struggling to manage your diagnosed diabetes or want to try to prevent its onset, the Frederick County Health Department has the perfect — FREE — program for you!
Power to Prevent (PDF) is a 12-week lifestyle program that helps adults who have and are at risk for type 2 diabetes to become more physically active and to eat healthier more often. Groups meet once each week for a 2-hour session that includes 30 minutes of physical activity like walking or other low-impact options.
Not sure if you’re at risk for diabetes? The American Diabetes Association has a simple online test to help you determine your risk.
The program’s curriculum was developed by the National Diabetes Education Program and includes
- Two individual sessions with the Registered Dietician.
- Support by a Care Coordinator who helps participants to either find a healthcare provider or visit the healthcare provider they have for routine check-ups. (You can also use the FMH Physician Finder to find a doctor.)
- Incentives are provided as part of the program to encourage regular attendance and celebrate participant progress.
- Sessions cover general information about diabetes, making healthy food choices, and how to be more physically active.
The next session of Power to Prevent begins next week (the first week in November) and while class size is limited, space is still available. Groups will meet Mondays from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the New Dimension Worship Center, 919 N. East Street, Frederick, MD and Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Frederick County Health Department, 350 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD.
Ready to sign up? Contact Angela Blair, Health Educator, at 301-600-1861.
If you’re not ready to join the program, but would still like to learn more about how to manage your diabetes risk, please feel free to contact the educators with the FMH Diabetes Program.