Providing diabetes awareness, education and screening
Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in Louisiana. Currently, there are an estimated 300,000-350,000 people living with diabetes in our state, and many are unaware that they have the disease. To help reduce the risk for our neighbors, DESMA offers a community diabetes education and prevention program.
Feel great. Lose weight. Be healthy.
To learn more and join our program, contact us at 985-466-1118.
Diabetes Prevention Program
The DESMA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is available to help adults with a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is twice as common among African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and Asian-Americans.
Our program encourages healthy lifestyles by:
This yearlong program is part of a national curriculum from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lifestyle coaches meet with small groups for 16 weeks and monthly thereafter. Sessions are available at convenient times and routine measurements are done throughout the program. A recent diabetes screening is required for eligibility.
How DPP works
Diabetes prevention programs recognized as part of the National Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program use lifestyle change interventions that target improving diet, increasing physical activity and achieving moderate weight loss. Participants must be non diabetic and either at risk or diagnosed with pre-diabetes. The goal for each participant is to lose five to seven percent of their initial body weight by:
Since 2010, Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) has more than doubled in participation. More than two-thirds (71.4%) of participants achieved measurable improvements in three or more indicators and saw a decrease in their hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). For more information, call DESMA’s Office of Community Health at 985-466-1118.
Next Class starts Nov. 2019
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