Dodge Diabetes

No one wants diabetes, but according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health it affects more than 330,000 adult residents and more than 83,000 adults are living with diabetes and don not know it.

Diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke and loss of toes, feet or legs.  The best, controllable way to prevent this dreaded chronic illness is to lose weight by moving more and eating smarter.  VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice is launching a new program to help you succeed in doing just that.

“We are thrilled to be offering a life changing year-long diabetes prevention program, based on the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s Prevent T2 successful, evidence based program,” comments Kathleen Eagle, RN, Health Promotion Supervisor at VNA Community Healthcare& Hospice.

The program, called Dodge Diabetes will focus on healthy eating and increasing activity to help you lose weight and cut your risk of developing diabetes in half.

According to Eagle, “participants will give and get support from others struggling with the same weight loss issues.”  She added, “creating lasting health changes is not easy, but we are here to coach you through your journey to wellness.”

Participants will learn how to: make healthy food choices, add physical activity into your day, cope with stress, handle obstacles and overcome barriers, get back on track when you stray, track your progress to stay motivated and set goals.

First class of Dodge Diabetes meets at VNA Community Healthcare& Hospice, 753 Boston Post Rd., Guilford, Thursday, April 20, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., cost is $85 for the full 12 month program.  For the first 4 months, the class meets every Thursday, then every other week, and then once a month during the last half of the year.  Call Kathleen for details: 866.474.5230 or visit www.ConnecticutHomecare.org/Diabetes.