In April, NorthLakes Community Clinic will launch its next Diabetes Prevention Program opportunity for eligible residents. The year-long program is virtual and is open to residents throughout the 20,000 square-mile NorthLakes service area and you need not be a NorthLakes patient to participate. To be eligible, participants must be at least 18 years old and not pregnant at the time of enrollment, overweight with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater, have a Hemoglobin A1C of 5.7% to 6.4% or fasting blood sugar of 100 to 125 mg/dl, or have been previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Participants may also enroll on the basis of a high-risk score using the ADA/CDC prediabetes risk test at https://bit.ly/DiabetesTestNLCC.
Led by certified diabetes lifestyle coaches, Rebecca Crumb-Johnson and Lisa Wydra, the program runs for a year and includes 24 sessions. The goal of the program is to prevent type 2 diabetes in those diagnosed with prediabetes or at high risk of developing diabetes by reducing body weight by 5-7% over the course of the year and partaking in 150 minutes of activity per week. According to NorthLakes Registered Dietitian, Rebecca Crumb-Johnson, “If goals are met the risk of diabetes can be decreased by about 58% and if you’re over 60 it decreases by about 71%.”
While this service includes a $120 fee, those who are eligible for the NorthLakes Sliding Fee Scale may receive a discount. This service is unique to NorthLakes in that it does not accept insurance for payment, but patients may receive a discount if they are eligible for the Sliding Fee Scale.
To learn more about this program, visit the NorthLakes Nutrition Therapy page at https://nlccwi.org/care-and-services/nutrition-therapy/ or by calling (715) 685-2200. Slots for the April program are filling quickly and the program will be offered this fall if the upcoming class fills.