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Baptist Health Louisville to offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program

Losing weight, moving more and managing stress are key elements of the year-long National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) to help those with pre-diabetes.

Baptist Health Louisville was awarded a grant from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) through funding provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control to offer the lifestyle change program beginning in June.

One in three Americans has pre-diabetes and most people do not even know they have it. People with pre-diabetes—an elevated blood glucose level not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes—are five to 15 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to health problems including heart disease and stroke. “Baptist Health Louisville is pleased to offer a program consistent with the research-based National Diabetes Prevention Program,” said Ronda Merryman-Valiyi, the hospital’s diabetes management program coordinator.

Research has shown that making modest changes, such as improving food choices and increasing physical activity, reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people at high risk for diabetes.

The National DPP helps those at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating right, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight.

During the weekly one-hour sessions, program participants meet in a small group with a trained lifestyle coach and learn about ways to make healthy changes. Topics include healthier eating, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated and more. Group members will help to motivate and encourage each other.

After the initial 16 sessions, participants meet monthly for additional support to help maintain their progress. “AADE is pleased to be partnering with Baptist Health Louisville,” said Dr. Ruth Lipman, AADE’s chief Science and Practice officer. “Given the number of people in Kentucky at risk for type 2 diabetes, this effective program will change many lives.”

Coaches for the Baptist Health program will be Merryman-Valiyi, a registered nurse, and Denise Gupton, a registered dietitian. The certified diabetes educators also teach diabetes self-management classes at Baptist Health Louisville.

The first session will be on Tuesdays, starting June 11 through Sept. 24 from
6:30-7:30 p.m. in Baptist Health Louisville’s second-floor Education Center.

Four other sessions will be offered: July 11-Sept. 24 (6:30-7:30 p.m.); Aug. 16-Nov. 29 (noon-1 p.m.); Oct. 1, 2013-Jan. 28, 2014 (no class on Dec. 24 or Dec. 31) and
Feb. 4-May 20, 2014.

The classes are free. A doctor’s note is not required, but is suggested. For more information, or to register, call (502) 897-8831.

To qualify for the program, a person must be at high risk for developing diabetes, or have been diagnosed by a physician as someone with pre-diabetes. In addition, a combination of risk factors -- such as family history or having been diagnosed with gestational diabetes -- may also put a person at risk and therefore make him or her eligible for the National DPP. To take a quick risk assessment, go to CDC's National DPP website:

About the AADE

Founded in 1973, AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education. With more than 13,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients. To learn more go to:

About Baptist Health Louisville

Baptist Health Louisville (formerly Baptist Hospital East), is a 519-bed hospital offering a wide range of healthcare services to meet the needs of area residents. Services include comprehensive cancer care, women’s health (all-private maternity rooms, digital mammography, ultrasound and bone-density scanning for osteoporosis), emergency services, orthopedics, neurosurgery, cardiovascular services, wound care, behavioral health, occupational health, and in-home care provided by Baptist Health Home Care. Baptist has a network of healthcare providers for patients in the Metro Louisville area – from Baptist Medical Associates offices, to Baptist Urgent Care and Baptist Express Care inside select Walmart stores, BaptistWorx®, Baptist Body Scan and Baptist Health Employer Solutions. The hospital has achieved Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®