Free 16-week course for those who are pre-diabetic or in danger or becoming diabetic focuses on making lifestyle changes to prevent the disease
(Long Island, NY) A free Diabetes Prevention Program will be offered at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital beginning in September to those with pre-diabetes or who are at high risk for developing type-2 diabetes.
The class, presented by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, will meet one hour per week for 16 weeks, followed by monthly sessions. The course covers lifestyle changes, including increasing physical activity and improving food choices, with the goal of preventing or delaying a diabetes diagnosis. Trained lifestyle coaches facilitate classes in small group settings.
The first class will meet on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, from 3-4 pm in Conference Rooms 1&2. To register, please call Debora Rippel at 631-853-2928, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, Rippel will be at Comsewogue Public Library on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 from 3-4:30 pm to determine eligibility for the program and to answer questions.
John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones. Mather has earned the prestigious Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which
recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Mather also has received five consecutive top “A” ratings for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, and was ranked among the top hospitals in New York State by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals.