Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and
Department of Health Services Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken invite
residents who are at risk for developing type-2 diabetes to participate, free
of charge, in the county- administered National Diabetes Prevention Program
(DPP). The program supports moderate behavior changes and has proven to reduce
risk in those who are at risk for type 2 diabetes.
DPP is based on a research study led by the
National Institutes of Health. The study showed that with intensive counseling
and motivational support, participants were able to make behavioral changes,
reducing their risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes by 58 percent. Lifestyle
changes worked particularly well for participants aged 60 and older, reducing
their risk by 71 percent.
“We seek to reverse in Suffolk County the
nationwide trend toward increased rates of diabetes. This program addresses the
behaviors that contribute to diabetes, a disease that exacts enormous costs to
the individual, the family and the community,” said Executive Bellone.
“Diabetes puts people at risk for many
serious health conditions,” said Dr. Tomarken. “The good news is that moderate
changes in lifestyle can result in significant health benefits,” said Dr.
The Diabetes Prevention Program is led by a
trained lifestyle coach. It meets one hour per week for 16 weeks, then monthly
for the remainder of one year.
Dates: April 25, May 2, 9,
16, 23, 30 June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25,
August 1, 8,15, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Suffolk County Department of Health Services
725 Veteran’s Memorial Highway, Bldg.C-016
Hauppauge NY 11788
Contact: Debora 631-853-2928
For more information visit our
website at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/health
located under Healthy Living, or Call the Office of Health Education at