According to the CDC, about 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes, with 90-95% of them being Type 2 diabetics. In addition, some people may have prediabetes with no clear symptoms, which places them at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.
The good news is prevention and managing diabetes can be done with the help of proper lifestyle behaviors.
University Wellness is offering two programs to help employees learn more about diabetes and how to manage or prevent it. UToledo Pharmacies is an important partner in both programs because lifestyle change goes hand in hand with the medication as part of someone’s diabetic journey.
“We know our employee population is similar to the national average for diabetes and we want to provide the tools and support to help them thrive through lifestyle changes,” said Andrea Masters, associate director.
Prevent T2 Express is a 12-week, virtual program in which a certified health coach will walk through lifestyle behaviors for participants who meet the prediabetic eligibility criteria. This long-term approach helps provide the education and accountability that participants often need to make sustainable changes.
The virtual program is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 31 through April 18 via Webex.
Diabetes Conversation Maps is a program designed to promote interactive discussion in a small group setting of people living with diabetes. A representative from UToledo Pharmacies will lead each session where participants will learn strategies to better self-manage their diagnosis or the diagnosis of their loved one.
The Conversation Maps are scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. every other Tuesday, beginning Feb. 7, on Health Science Campus.
To learn more about each program including eligibility requirements visit the University Wellness website by Friday, Jan. 27.