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Prediabetes Program Starts March 27

FARMINGTON - The Healthy Community Coalition is offering the National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Change Program starting March 27 from noon-1 p.m. at its offices at 105 Mt. Blue Circle, one-fourth mile west of Franklin Memorial Hospital on Routes 2 & 4.

Participants can qualify for the program if they are over the age of 18 and have a BMI (body mass index) of 24 or greater and have been diagnosed by a health care provider with prediabetes, a condition in which a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, or “at risk” for developing diabetes.

Individuals without a diagnosis can also qualify if they have multiple other indicators, including: women who were diagnosed with gestational diabetes while pregnant; age over 45; family history of diabetes; being overweight; having high blood pressure; and not being physically active.

The year-long program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Through coach-led group classes, NDPP participants will learn how to make important changes to improve their health, by setting weight loss, nutrition, and physical activity goals. Cooking classes, store tours, and ways to cope with challenges are all included as part of the program.

Classes are held weekly for 16 weeks and then bi-monthly for the rest of the year. Participants will now have the option to participate in a virtual model, using online tools to call into and participate in classes and attending 1 in-person class a month.

The fee to attend, which is $250, will be waived for the first 10 individual who sign up.

For more information or to register contact Ellen Thorne, HCC program coordinator, at 779-2357 or email

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2 Responses »

  1. Sounds like a really great program. But the cost is very high to the average individual.

  2. I took this class last year. It was very helpful and informative. As you can see, no fee for the first 10 individuals. Sign up fast to get in for free.