“Smart Moves” for Diabetes Prevention
South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) is proud to announce the addition of five area health and nutrition staff who are trained as coaches for a new evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). This brings the total to ten DPP lifestyle coaches in the 4-county district of Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster counties.
The DPP lifestyle change program, called Smart Moves, is a 16-week class with on-going support for a one year. It is a group program promoting healthy lifestyle change to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes in individuals at risk. The first class in the district began in October at the health department. Karen, a current class participant, states the class is helping her understand “cooking for better nutrition, better balance in her life, and she has a better understanding of what is going on for her health” from the first portion of sessions.
The newly trained DPP lifestyle coaches for the South Heartland District include: Mixabel Reyes, Jennifer Uldrich, and Susan Wooster from Hastings and Susan Guilkey RN and Micki Jacobitz RN from Superior. These five individuals completed a two-day training for the DPP lifestyle change program, which is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a successful diabetes prevention program. At the training, coaches gained the skills necessary to successfully lead the DPP Smart Moves lifestyle change program classes and to help class participants reduce their risk of diabetes.
The training was held in Lincoln and was conducted by Emory University’s Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC) and supported by SHDHD in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Elizabeth Hardy RN, chronic disease program coordinator at SHDHD and administrator of the Smart Moves program, says “We are very excited to have Smart Moves come to our area. The Smart Moves program focuses on supporting individuals to make lifestyle changes and to decrease their risk of developing diabetes by one half if they are at risk for diabetes. Classes help participants to eat healthier, increase physical activity and overcome obstacles to lifestyle change. The program offers great lifestyle support and emphasizes that even small changes can have large impact on a person’s health.”
Look for a diabetes risk tool available in Smart Moves fliers and brochures in your community or contact the health department for a free diabetes risk assessment. There will be more DPP Smart Moves classes offered in various locations starting in 2016. Please call SHDHD if you have questions or would like to request a brochure or more information: 877-238-7595.
Michele M. Bever, PhD, MPH
South Heartland District Health Department
606 N. Minnesota Ave, Suite 2
Hastings, NE 68901