The Blue Mountain eagle. (John Day, Or.) 1972-current, January 31, 2018, Page 13, Image 29

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Blue Mountain Eagle
Kim Jacobs
Lifestyle coach helps
people at risk in yearlong
national program
The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong lifestyle
change program in which participants meet in a group with a trained life-
style coach.
Participants learn how to include healthy eating and regular physi-
cal activity in their lives in order to achieve a modest weight loss and
help prevent developing Type 2 diabetes.
A program began Jan. 29 at Blue Mountain Hospital.
To be eligible for referral to a CDC-recognized lifestyle change
program, patients must meet the following requirements:
• Be at least 18 years old and
• Be overweight (body mass index ≥ 24; ≥ 22 if Asian) and
• Have no previous diagnosis of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and
• Have a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year:
• Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7–6.4 percent or
• Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL or
• Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140–199
mg/dL or
• Be previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes or
• Score 9 or higher on the CDC prediabetes screening test
This is a yearlong program with weekly meetings for the first six months,
then monthly meetings for the rest of the year. Kim Jacobs, a trained life-
style coach, will be facilitating the meetings. Contact Jacobs at 541-575-
1311 or for more information.
A few tips on making lifestyle changes
• Take responsibility for your health. Don’t let excuses hold you back.
• Don’t make radical changes. They’re less likely to be successful in the long run.
• Save some time in your schedule almost every day to exercise. Make it a part of your routine.
• Practice moderation. Don’t force yourself to eat healthy every meal. Eat healthy most of the week,
and indulge yourself within reason one day.
• Be committed to a healthy lifestyle. Consistency is key.
• Find a support network. Others can help you achieve your goals.
Family Health Guide 2018 // 13