Volunteers Needed for Diabetes Prevention Coach Training

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Volunteers Needed for Diabetes Prevention Coach Training

diabetes-you-can-make-a-changeIf you love to eat well and exercise and have a passion for helping others get healthy, volunteer with the Get Healthy, Live Well Diabetes Prevention program.

We need volunteers to teach the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Lifestyle Coaches share their time and expertise to lead participants with prediabetes in an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes. The program was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will be implemented in west Georgia by Get Healthy, Live Well volunteers beginning in January 2014.

National-DPP-Logo-1-494x256The National Diabetes Prevention Program teaches participants strategies for incorporating physical activity into daily life and eating healthy. Lifestyle coaches work with participants to identify emotions and situations that can sabotage their success, and the group process encourages participants to share strategies for dealing with challenging situations. Participants learn more about prediabetes and how to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

  • The CDC estimates that about 35 percent of adults have prediabetes and many of them don’t know it.That means that nearly 40,000 adults in Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties have prediabetes.
  • The Diabetes Prevention Program can help people 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 200-pound person.
  • These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people with prediabetes.

Once scheduled, the Diabetes Prevention Program core classes meet weekly for one hour over a sixteen-week period and monthly for the following six months.  Classes will be offered at various locations throughout Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties, including community locations, workplaces and churches.  The Diabetes Training Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC) at Emory University will provide the instructor training. Get Healthy, Live Well will provide the curricula and staff support.  Those attending the training must commit to coaching at least one year-long class.

Benefits of volunteering:

  • Make a real difference in the lives of people at risk of diabetes
  • Gain teaching experience and share your passion for healthy living
  • Do something new and have fun!

Diabetes Prevention Program Instructor Training
Thursday, Nov. 14 and Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton
Health Education and Wellness Learning Center – Classroom 2

To learn more or attend the Diabetes Prevention Program instructor training, please contact Gina Brandenburg, Get Healthy, Live Well Program Manager at 770.836.9282 or gbrandenburg@tanner.org. .

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