Diabetes Prevention Program

The following is a release from the Worcester County Health Department:

Small changes often lead to major results and Worcester County Health Department’s Medicaid Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) aims to help residents eat healthy, be active and lower their risk for type 2 diabetes with easy-to-follow tips and tools.

Beginning Jan. 15, the Medicaid Diabetes Prevention Program will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Pocomoke Health Department at 400 Walnut Street, Pocomoke City and from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Snow Hill Health Department, 6040 Public Landing Road, Snow Hill. The program is a covered benefit for eligible Medicaid participants. The program is for individuals with prediabetes or at-risk for type 2 diabetes.

MDPP is a year-long intervention program proven to prevent type 2 diabetes among individuals with prediabetes or those who are found to be ‘at risk’ for the disease. The program consists of 16 weekly sessions followed by once a month support sessions for the remainder of one full year. Participants receive individual coaching from a certified Lifestyle Change Coach and have the opportunity to work with their peers in developing new healthy lifestyle behaviors. Those who take the classes will learn about healthy eating, physical activity, stress management, weight loss, time management, and more.

“We are excited to provide the Medicaid Diabetes Prevention Program in our County. Research has proven that healthy eating, physical activity, and a 5-7% weight loss can prevent type 2 diabetes in those with prediabetes or those who are ‘at risk’ for the disease,” said Mimi Dean, Director of Prevention Services at the Worcester County Health Department.

All participants receive their own personal lifestyle change coach who will assist them with goal setting, progress, and overcoming barriers. Program participants also receive incentives. Please call 410-632-1100 option 4 to discuss program enrollment, eligibility, and to request a registration packet.

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