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Franciscan Health has relaunched its diabetes prevention program

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News Health: One in three Americans has pre-diabetes, according to the American Medical Association. Now, Franciscan Health is bringing back a program to help delay or even prevent those people from being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

The groups will meet once a week for 16 weeks and then once a month for six months. The cost of the course is $99. Some insurance, including Medicare, will cover the cost.

Franciscan is relaunching its Diabetes Prevention Program. The program is a year-long course, which uses CDC recommended guidelines to lower a person’s chances of being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

Franciscan Health dietitian Amanda Crosby says learning about preventive measures through this program can make a big difference.

As part of the program, the group will meet with a trained lifestyle coach.

Crosby says past participants have seen a variety of positive results. “They [may] reduce that A1c to within normal range,” Crosby said. “I’ve seen weight loss. I’ve seen people who came in and said, ‘I don’t do any exercise.’ Now they’re getting at least 150 active minutes. I’ve even had some participants reach out to me after the program has ended, showing me how much weight they’ve lost. It’s been a really amazing program.”

The program begins Thursday, September 8 at 10 a.m. It will take place at the Franciscan Healthy Living Center on North 16th Street in Lafayette. Space is limited, and registration ends September 1.

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