The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced that Pen Bay Medical Center’s Diabetes & Nutrition Care Center has earned CDC Full Recognition for its diabetes prevention program, Healthy Lifestyles. Healthy Lifestyles is a lifestyle change program that focuses on building healthier eating habits and adding physical activity into daily life while working with Registered Dietitians and other group participants to identify and overcome barriers to making modest lifestyle changes.
Full Recognition is reserved for diabetes prevention programs that have effectively delivered a quality, evidence-based program that meets all of the standards for CDC recognition, which include:
- Submitting the application for recognition
- Meeting all requirements from the CDC’s diabetes prevention program curriculum
- Providing a yearlong program with a minimum of 16 weekly core sessions and six follow up sessions; on average, participants must have attended a minimum of nine of the core sessions and three of the follow up sessions
- Documentation of body weight and minutes of physical activity for all participants
- Average participant weight loss of at least five percent of starting body weight achieved by six months and maintained after 12 months
- Participants meeting program eligibility requirements based on prediabetes status, a history of gestational diabetes or risk for developing type 2 diabetes
The Healthy Lifestyles program is one of just 75 sites nationally that have received Full Recognition. There are four fully recognized programs in the state of Maine.
For more information about the Healthy Lifestyles program or the Diabetes & Nutrition Care Center, please call 921-3999.