Diabetes is a major health problem in America today. The Healthy Living Program can teach you how to manage your diabetes if you already have it, or how to prevent it if you are pre-diabetic. Making life changes isn’t easy for anyone. Healthy Living breaks down the life changes needed to prevent or manage diabetes into easier and smaller steps for people with developmental disabilities.
The Healthy Living Program uses a team of peer-to-peer Instructors. Our Instructors understand how hard making changes can be. We offer a safe place to learn about diabetes and how to make your life a healthy one.
The Healthy Living Program meets once a week for 2 hours over a 6 week series. With small groups of 10 or less people, this is a hands-on class designed to teach people how to manage or prevent diabetes. You will see how making small changes in your everyday life, can lead to big changes in your overall health. You will learn:
• What causes diabetes
• How to prevent diabetes
• How to manage diabetes
• How to add exercise into your daily life
• What to look for on food labels
• Food portions on your plate
• How to avoid hidden sugars
If you don’t take care of your health, diabetes will only get worse. It is important that everyone who is diagnosed with diabetes understands what it can mean to their health and how to make changes.
• More than 25 million Americans have diabetes
• Almost 80 million are pre-diabetic, which means they are very close to having diabetes
• Diabetes causes more deaths every year than breast cancer and AIDS combined
• Diabetes can cause blindness, loss of limbs, high blood pressure, kidney diseases, heart disease and strokes.
• Type 2 diabetes can often be prevented through diet and exercise