Last week, University of Minnesota Extension received recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for demonstrated effectiveness in delivering diabetes prevention programming.
Extension joins 82 other organizations with full recognition, only four of which are cooperative extension services. To receive full recognition, a program must demonstrate effectiveness through session attendance and documented weight loss. Over a thousand organizations deliver evidence-based type 2 diabetes prevention programs in communities across the United States and have applied for CDC recognition.
|SNAP-Ed Educator Marilyn Hofland |
with an ICANPD participant.
Nutrition educators trained as lifestyle coaches teach participants how to make healthier choices for themselves, and they carry those lessons back to their homes. “The nutritional aspects of this class have transformed the way my family and I eat,” one participant said.
- I CAN Prevent Diabetes provides tools and support for adults to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes:
- A four-month phase with weekly sessions followed by an eight-month phase with monthly sessions.
- Instruction on diabetes prevention focusing on nutrition and physical activity.
- Goal-setting around physical activity, food selection and intake, and other health behaviors.
- Personalized guidance and coaching from trained instructors.