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Aug 5

Diabetes prevention program offered by McPherson Health – The Hutchinson News

If you have prediabetes, you can cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half by losing 5-7 percent of your body weight. That's about 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds.

McPherson Center for Health announces the starting date for its next nationally recognized Diabetes Prevention Program.

The next group begins on Sept. 14. Classes are 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. DPP groups meet for a year--weekly at first, then every other week for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months. Medicare does cover the cost of this program.

In the program, participants work in a group with trained health professionals to learn the skills needed to lose weight, become more physically active, and manage stress.

The DPP is a program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It's proven to delay the onset or reduce the chance of getting type 2 diabetes by 58%.

"Participants in this program are preventing type 2 diabetes by making lasting lifestyle changes," said Suzanne Fleming, MS, RDN, LD, clinical dietitian at McPherson Hospital and an instructor in the program.

Having prediabetes means it's time for prevention. For more information about the upcoming program, call Suzanne Fleming at (620) 241-2251, Ext. 179, or email her at

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