By Kim Seligman

Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. In the United States, diabetes affects over 30 million people. Another 84 million Americans have prediabetes, yet only about 10 percent are aware of it. “The  need for prevention has never been greater,” says Kim Seligman of the Muscatine Diabetes Project.

In Muscatine County, over 15,000 residents are at risk. The Muscatine PreventT2 Diabetes Program will offer a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of Type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers. Guided by a trained lifestyle coach, participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.

PreventT2 groups meet for a year: weekly for the first six months, then twice a month for the second six months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together, participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

Community members, the Muscatine Diabetes Project, and Muscatine Community YMCA are partnering to offer the PreventT2 lifestyle change program.

“More than 200 Ys across the country help thousands of people reduce their risk for developing Type 2 diabetes with the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program,” said Bret Olson of the Muscatine Y. “However, we felt it was a win/win in partnering with the Muscatine Diabetes Project’s already established program with trained lifestyle coaches. We are excited to host the year-long Muscatine PreventT2 Diabetes Program.”

The year-long program will include a $25 non-refundable registration fee along with a $5 per session fee which equates to $190 total program cost. “We want to keep this community program affordable, as many other diabetes prevention programs cost in the range of $350-$400 total program cost,” said Seligman.

The Muscatine Diabetes Project will hold two drop-in informational sessions to learn more about the PreventT2 Program on Saturday, April 7. The first session will start at 8:00 a.m. and the second session begins at 8:45 a.m. Both sessions will be held at the Muscatine Community YMCA’s Howe Conference Room, 1823 Logan Street. You do not have to be a Y member to participate in the Muscatine PreventT2 Diabetes Program.
For more information, contact Kim Seligman, Executive Director, Muscatine Diabetes Project, at 563-260-2763 or at [email protected].