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 fall 2014.
"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: $189 for 16 week program and 2 months of covered UND Wellness Center membership with 12 visits per month. This is a $90 value, making the actual cost $6.19/week.
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 typically have been Mondays from 4:45pm-5:45pm at the UND Wellness Center during a 16 week series. The next series will be in the fall 2014.
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 6 monthly follow-up visits with the facilitators after the series (for $12 a session).
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.
Megan Janssen attended the University of North Dakota and graduated in 2010 with a bachelors degree in Community Nutrition. As of September 2013, she is a Family and Consumer Science Agent-in-training position with NDSU Extension Service in Grand Forks County.
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 that included 16 core sessions (usually 1 per week) and 6 post-core sessions (1 per month). The cost was $189 and $75 would be refunded if participants attended 14 of the 16 core sessions.
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 that was facilitated by Molly Soeby, as the Lifestyle Coach for our group [& Deb Vein, Exercise Coach]. 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.
Molly is the main reason for my success because she was prepared in the presentation of materials, teaching and modeling exercise skills, and facilitating discussions. She was able to provide insight into and respond to questions about lifestyle changes by combining exercise, dieting, and individualizing to a diverse group of people of varying life experiences, etc. Molly has knowledge of basic health, diabetes, nutrition, and fitness. She always had a positive attitude and suggestions to overcome adversity, even when I complained about writing everything down that I ate, and the water that I learned to drink, by first drinking PowerAde Zero and eventually to adding MIO (water enhancer) to the water, and this is after years of not drinking very much water. Although I have not progressed to exercising, because of my knee, I do wear a pedometer every day and that reminds to walk as much as possible, and I am keeping a record of the steps walked each day.
Molly as a Lifestyle Coach was able to create a productive learning environment by allowing individuals to participate in discussions. She was respectful and provided constructive feedback. Molly is enthusiastic about working with individuals to prevent diabetes.