Center for Disease Control (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program
Please contact Molly at: 218-230-0070 if you are interested in participating in the next group - starting in January 2015. The price has been reduced to $89 ($5.56 per week).
"As a result of reading the food labels and attempting to eat fewer than 33 fat grams per day, I lost 58 pounds as a participant for prediabetics in the "National Diabetes Prevention Program, Lifestyle Intervention," that began October 2011. Because of the weight loss, I am no longer taking pain medication for my knee (each 10 pounds of weight adds 60 pounds of pressure to the joint on each step). In September 2012 my Glucose was 94 (Range 70-99 mg/dl), so I am no longer prediabetic!
- Eileen Tronnes Nelson, UND staff member
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Are you Pre-Diabetic?
Are two or more the following statements true for you?
- My blood pressure is 140/90 or higher, or I have been told that I have high blood pressure.
- I have been told that my cholesterol levels are not normal.
- I am fairly inactive. I do NOT exercise more often than two times a week.
- I have or had a parent with diabetes.
- I am 45 years of age or older.
- I have had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy).
- I gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.
- I have been told by a doctor that I am overweight (BMI >25).
- I have or had a brother or sister with diabetes.
If so, then you would be eligible for the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program.
Program and Registration Information
Are you pre-diabetic and willing to PREVENT further implications?
The CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program will meet weekly for 16 weeks in a group setting, learning together different tools to help us to make healthy choices. There will also be 4 follow-up sessions (monthly) after the weekly sessions to help with accountability.
The program will focus on:
• Increasing activity (self goals)
• Improving food choices (keep diary)
• Losing weight, if overweight (5-7% of body weight)
To ask questions and register, contact Molly Soeby, WelCore Health at 218-230-0070.
COST: $89 for 16 week program.
Flex Comp reimbursement through UND is available for employees with a letter from your primary care provider prescribing the program because of pre-diabetes.
Sessions Topics, Dates, Times and Location
Sessions will run Tuesdays from 4:50pm-5:50pm at the UND Wellness Center during a 16 week series, starting January 13, 2015.
Below is a list of the topics covered.
- Session 1: Welcome and Getting Started
- Session 2: Be a Fat and Calorie Detective
- Session 3: Three Ways to Eat Less Fat
- Session 4: Healthy Eating
- Session 5: Move Those Muscles
- Session 6: Being Active: A Way of Life
- Session 7: Tip the Calorie Balance
- Session 8: Take Charge of What is Around You
- Session 9: Problem Solving
- Session 10: Four Keys to Healthy Eating Out
- Session 11: Talk Back to Negative Thoughts
- Session 12: The Slippery Slope of Lifestyle Change
- Session 13: Jump Start Your Activity Plan
- Session 14: Make Social Cues Work for You
- Session 15: You Can Manage Stress
- Session 16: Ways to Stay Motivated
Dates may be changed slightly per instructor. There will be up to 4 monthly follow-up visits with the facilitators after the 16 week series.
Molly J. Soeby holds a bachelor of science degree in medical technology from the University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota; and a Master’s in public administration from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. She holds certifications in public health concepts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and chemistry specialist from the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
Donna Bernhardt, M.S. LRD, is a graduate of UND’s Dietetic Program. She has worked as a community dietitian in Grand Forks for 22 years. She currently works for NDSU Extension, Grand Forks County. She previously worked for the Grand Forks Public Health Department. Donna loves walking her dog, biking, cross country skiing, fishing and anything that gets her moving. Her health advice is, “Make great choices to protect your health!”
Eileen's Story - UND staff member
A few years ago, I was diagnosed as a borderline prediabetic, but I was in denial that this could result in diabetes, even though my mother, grandmother, and my mother's two sisters all had Type 2 Diabetes. I decided to lose weight because my right knee was painful when walking a short distance and an MRI indicated that there were several severe tears in my meniscus. I knew the injury was from a fall on my knee while roller-skating as a young child and now the cartilage was narrowing giving me pain.
In the fall of 2011, I read a notice in the University of North Dakota Newsletter about a prediabetic lifestyle change program.
I initially joined the program to lose weight because of the painful pressure on my knee because of my weight of 193 pounds (5'3"). However, to my surprise I became a successful participant, and I lost 58 pounds in the nearly 1-year lifestyle change program. I am no longer taking pain medication for my knee.
The number one reason that I lost weight was learning to read the labels. Specifically, I now attempt to eat fewer than 33 fat grams each day. I am eating fruits (fresh & dried), vegetables, low fat of other foods, and I eat very little meat.
The facilitator created a productive learning environment by allowing individuals to participate in discussions. She was respectful and provided constructive feedback and is enthusiastic about working with individuals to prevent diabetes.