Healthy Suffolk: Free Program Helps Participants
Reduce Risk of Diabetes
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 attend a program
that will help them reduce their risk. The National Diabetes Prevention Program
(DPP) supports moderate behavioral changes that incorporate healthy eating and physical
activity. The program is free of charge.
to the New York State Department of Health, diabetes is the most rapidly
growing chronic disease of our time, affecting one out of every 12 adults in
New York. Minority populations are at especially high risk.
“We seek to create a culture in
Suffolk County in which healthy living is the norm,” said Executive Bellone,
who rolled out “Healthy Suffolk” last fall. “This program offers residents the
support they need to make small lifestyle changes to
improve their health and well-being.”
puts the body at risk for many serious health conditions,” said Dr. Tomarken. “The
good news is that moderate changes in lifestyle can help restore blood sugar to
normal levels and result in significant health benefits,” said Dr. Tomarken.
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 diabetes by 58 percent. Lifestyle
changes worked particularly well for participants aged 60 and older, reducing
their risk by 71 percent.
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. The next sixteen-week
series will begin:
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center
register, call Debora @ 853-2928 (Pre-Registration is required)
information or to find out if you are at risk for diabetes, visit the Diabetes
Prevention Program page on the Suffolk County website or call the Office of
Health Education at 853-3162.