Next Diabetes Prevention Program session begins Sept. 29 in Big Rapids

REED CITY — The American Association of Diabetes Educators announced that Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospital’s Diabetes Prevention Program obtained “full recognition” through The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program.

The recognition comes as the program prepares to launch its eighth Diabetes Prevention Program on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

The program was recognized due to the successful results from past classes. The first seven sessions of DPP achieved the standards of having at least a 58 percent reduction in the rate of diabetes while maintaining attendance rates above 80 percent and weight loss of greater than 5 percent. The program demonstrated it successfully supports individuals with pre-diabetes in making achievable and realistic lifestyle changes that help decrease risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

"We have had great success with this program and are proud to receive this recognition from the CDC,” said Kim Lombard, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Spectrum Health. “With the launch of our eighth class, we’re looking forward to continuing the momentum and supporting more individuals in making healthy lifestyle changes that cut their risk of diabetes."

The program is free and meetings will be held Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the building next to Big Rapids Hospital, located at 705 Oak St., Suite 5. DPP is open to those who are at risk for developing diabetes.

Risk factors include:

  • Being 45 years of age or older
  • Being overweight
  • Having a family history of Type 2 diabetes
  • Being physically active fewer than three times per week
  • Having been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy
  • Giving birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds