NEW LONDON, NH– New London Hospital’s Diabetes Prevention Program has achieved Full Recognition status from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This designation is reserved for programs that effectively deliver a quality, evidence-based program that meets all of the standards for CDC recognition. Some of the requirements include providing data supported results over the course of a year by certified lifestyle coaches who help build participants’ skills and confidence to make lasting lifestyle changes. NLH becomes only the second recognized program in the state of New Hampshire.
“I’m thrilled our program is being recognized,” says Christopher Lopez NLH’s Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator. “I’m even more excited for our staff and particularly our participants for their willingness to make a change in their lifestyle while trusting our program. To see our participants make the necessary changes to positively impact their lives and do it together is so rewarding for all involved.”
NLH launched its Diabetes Prevention Program in September of 2017. The first cohort saw 11 participants complete the program with the group losing a collective 144.5 pounds (6.2%) during the course of the year. More importantly, with the guidance of certified diabetes educators and registered dietitians they were able to make and sustain lifestyle changes.
According the CDC, 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes and 86 million, or 1 out of 3 adults, have prediabetes, which means their blood sugar levels are higher than normal and just below the level for type 2 diabetes. The risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50% higher than those without.