Chronic Disease Prevention Program
A Program of the Prevention & Health Communications Department
Funded by: The Center for Disease Control Community Transformation Initiative
Lifestyle Balance Program
Wicomico County Health Department’s Lifestyle Balance Program is an evidenced based program developed by the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. It is a lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes.
- It can help people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half.
The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5% to 7% of their body weight (that would be 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person).
These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with prediabetes.
Participants work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting to receive a 1-year lifestyle change program that includes 16 core sessions (usually 1 per week) and 6 post-core sessions (1 per month).
Participants learn how to eat more healthily and decrease the fat in their dietary intake.
Participants are also coached to increase their physical activity.
Tracking food intake and monitoring activity are important components of the program.
For more information or to see if you are eligible, call 410-334-3480.
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