Benefits of Participating in the Lifestyle Change Program
Our CDC-recognized lifestyle change program is a structured program—in-person or online—based on research, specifically to prevent type 2 diabetes. Participating in the lifestyle change program will help you:
Improve your health. Our lifestyle change program can help you lose a modest amount of weight through healthy eating, being more physically active, and managing stress. When combined, all of these behavior changes will help reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health conditions, such as having a heart attack or stroke.
Feel better and more energetic. Many participants say they feel better and are more active than they were before the program. Imagine having more energy to do the things you love with the ones you love.
Be part of a larger community. Making changes can be easier when you’re working as a group rather than doing it on your own. Being part of a group with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are provides the necessary support structure to make these types of behavior changes. Together, you can share ideas, celebrate successes, and work to overcome obstacles. With your coach and fellow participants, you can celebrate successes and learn to solve obstacles – together.
Making moderate healthy lifestyle changes can help people with prediabetes cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that these behavior changes made over the course of a year helped participants lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight — that is 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds!
These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people with prediabetes. And for people 60 and older, the program reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 71 percent!