Prevent Type 2 Diabetes with the PreventT2 Program
Florida Department of Health in Walton County
Meet our Lifestyle Coach
• Jennifer Jordan, RN, BSN, Senior Community Health Nurse (Educator)
What is the PreventT2 Lifestyle Change Program?
What Is the Benefit of Being Part of a PreventT2 Program?
As part of a PreventT2 group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.
Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
What Is the Format of the PreventT2 Program?
PreventT2 groups meet for a year — weekly for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. During each session, your lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion.
For example, you will learn to:
- Eat healthy
- Add physical activity to your life
- Manage stress
- Stay on track when eating out
- Understand and respond to your food cues
- Stay motivated
- Solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes
For more information about the PreventT2 Curriculum, go to www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/lifestyle-program/curriculum.html.
Where Can I Participate in a PreventT2 Program?
Free classes will be offered at the:
Florida Department of Health in Walton County
362 State Hwy 83
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
Classes may also be held on-site at your business or organization. Please reach out to our lifestyle coach if you are interested in hosting a Prevent T2 class at your facility.
Call 850-892-8015, x6283 for more information.
Does PreventT2 Work?
The PreventT2 program can help people with prediabetes 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 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% in people with prediabetes. For those over the age of 60, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes is reduced by 71%!
Prevent T2 for All - Inclusive Curriculum
Prevent T2 for All is an adaptation of the original Prevent T2 program. It is a CDC-approved diabetes prevention Lifestyle Change curriculum that is inclusive of individuals with sensory and physical disabilities. This inclusive program is designed to promote modest weight loss, increased physical activity and other lifestyle changes in adults with disabilities who are also diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Florida Department of Health in Walton County has been chosen to facilitate the Prevent T2 for All program. Fore more information or to find out when the next class begins, please contact our trained lifestyle coach.
- What Is Type 2 Diabetes?
- What Is Prediabetes?
- Am I at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?
- Can I Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?
- Other Resources
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.
Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.
You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:
- Are 45 years of age or older;
- Are overweight;
- Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
- Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
- Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have
diabetes or prediabetes.
- “Could You Have Prediabetes?” Online Quiz: This simple, seven-question quiz assesses if a person is at risk for having prediabetes. You can view and download the quiz to your website at https://www.cdc.gov/prediabetes/takethetest/
- “A Change for Life” Video: In this video, experts and people with prediabetes talk about how type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by making lifestyle changes that include weight loss and increased physical activity. People with prediabetes discuss how group lifestyle change classes helped them learn and keep healthy habits. You can view and download the video at www.cdc.gov/CDCTV/diseaseandconditions/commonconditions/change-life-physical-activity.html.