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December 7, 2020 Prevent Diabetes by Making Lifestyle Changes in 2021

Vanessa Hoines, Extension Agent/Family and Community Wellness


Dates to Remember:

December 15 - BSC Ag Marketing-Progressive Ag, 7-9 pm, Zoom

January 12 – Diabetes Prevention Program, 5:15 – 6:16 pm, Zoom, series begins


Prevent Diabetes by Making Lifestyle Changes in 2021

2021 is right around the corner!  This is a great time to consider making lifestyle changes.  Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes or have prediabetes? If so, you may benefit from the National Diabetes Prevention Program being offered online in 2021. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) is a lifestyle change intervention arming you with skills to make lasting changes to lose weight and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.

A NDSU Extension trained lifestyle coach will help you all the way, and you will have fun and support from others with similar goals in the program. The National Diabetes Prevention Program is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An individual with prediabetes can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes such as a healthier diet and moderate exercise.

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes has increased dramatically over the past twenty years making it one of the most devastating public health concerns today. Over 50,000 North Dakota adults have type 2 diabetes. An even more astonishing number is 190,000. The number of North Dakota adults with prediabetes or at risk for type 2 diabetes, making the National DPP vital to reversing the upward trend of type 2 diabetes.

Are you at risk for prediabetes?  Answer these seven simple questions.  For each “Yes” answer, add the number of points listed.  All “No” answers are 0 points.




Do you have a sister or brother with diabetes?



Do you have a parent with diabetes?



Are you 45 to 64 years old?



Are you younger than 65 years old and get little to no exercise?



Find your height in the box. Is your weight the same or more than listed?


Weight pounds















Are you 65 years of age or older?



Add up your score. If your score is 2 to 8, your risk is low. If your score is 9 or higher, your risk is high. Be sure to get screened by a health-care provider.

Eligible participants are: at least 18 years old, overweight, are not pregnant, and do not currently have diabetes. Interested participants are encouraged to check with their health care provider to find out if they have prediabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes.

Program participants learn how to eat healthy, be more physically active, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. Groups meet once a week using an online platform for 16 weeks, then once a month for 8 months. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

The classes will be held on Tuesdays - JANUARY 12, 2021 - JANUARY 4, 2022

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM | ZOOM | ONLINE


Mondays - JANUARY 25, 2021 - JANUARY 3, 2022

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM | ZOOM | ONLINE


Register online at NDC3.ORG


For more information or if you have questions about the program, contact Vanessa Hoines at NDSU Extension/Morton County, 701-667-3340 or .


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