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How the Prevent T2 Lifestyle Change Program is Helping to Build Healthy and Strong Communities

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Diabetes Prevention Through Prevent T2

Type 2 diabetes is a serious and potentially life-threatening medical condition. It can be managed and even prevented by lifestyle changes prior to and after diagnosis.

As we work toward our goal to build healthy and strong Wisconsin communities, Network Health has been working with our members to expand prevention efforts for Type 2 diabetes through the Prevent T2 diabetes prevention program.

Is Type 2 Diabetes Preventable?

The Prevent T2 diabetes prevention program consists of a one-year series of facilitator-led, group sessions for individuals with prediabetes or a predisposition for developing a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Prevent T2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program which is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; it has been proven to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes.

The program focuses on dietary changes, increased physical activity and behavior change strategies. The information given at the Prevent T2 meetings is designed to help individuals make small changes that lead to big differences in their health.

Some strategies that are encouraged include improved diet and at least 150 minutes of physical activity every week, which can lead to a five-to-seven percent reduction in body weight.

Network Health members who have participated in Prevent T2 frequently comment that the social nature of the Prevent T2 program is a huge help in staying accountable and feeling supported throughout the process.

How Often Does the Prevent T2 Class Meet?

With 25 total sessions, Prevent T2 meets frequently initially and then tapers to a less frequent—but still impactful—schedule.

Here is what you can expect for session frequency when you sign up for the Network Health Prevent T2 program.

Sessions 0-16 = once per week for four months

Sessions 17-20 = twice per month for two months

Sessions 21-25 = once per month for five months

Finally, Prevent T2 meetings also feature occasional guest speakers including SilverSneakers® fitness experts, Chef Shelly, Network Health pharmacists and more, all working to keep you educated and motivated in a range of wellness and fitness strategies.

Network Health Prevent T2 Results

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Our most recent Prevent T2 class had these impressive results. You can expect to experience similar results if you join and actively participate in the Prevent T2 diabetes prevention program.

In our last class, 11 participants completed the program. At the beginning of the program, our participants weighed a total of 2,515.2 lbs. The group lost a total of 221.6 lbs. (8.8% of total weight lost). This number exceeded the CDC goals and recommendations of five-to-seven percent. In addition, the group accomplished over 128,000 minutes of physical activity throughout the program—which was recorded on FitBit® trackers provided by Network Health. That’s 2,133 hours or almost 90 days in total.

Not only did the Prevent T2 program participants work in an achievable way toward preventing the dangers of Type 2 diabetes, but they enjoyed their experience. In fact, all 11 agreed their overall satisfaction with their Network Health plan increased due to their participation in the Prevent T2 program.

Should I Sign Up for the Network Health Prevent T2 Diabetes Prevention Program?

The Network Health Prevent T2 program drives incredible results. If you’d like to be included in the future, email NHpreventT2@networkhealth.com. If you’re curious about whether you are in an elevated-risk category for Type 2 diabetes, the CDC has this handy risk assessment tool.

For more information on Network Health preventive care services, reach out to us today.


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