In January I went to Michigan to complete the training for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Lifestyle Coach program for the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The program is a combination of 16 weekly group meetings followed by a once a month get together to check in on maintaining those positive, ask lifestyle, life saving changes. What really makes the difference for me is that it is evidence based so participants can have confidence that they can make positive changes and reduce or eliminate their likelyhood of becoming diabetic.
My grandmother had type 2 diabetes, there she died when I was in high school. I wish she could have participated in this program, maybe I could have had her around for a few more years at least. Janet Masters, doctor Kelly House and I are committed to being part of the solution for the millions of people whose quality of life will be impacted by type 2 diabetes.
It seems logical to me that with more than 5 years of facilitating online learning through HPLive.org my contribution to the effort can be to help build critical mass by training instructors to go out in their community and/or at their work site and create change… One grandma, grandpa, neighbor, friend or co-worker at a time.
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