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> Are You at Risk for Diabetes? This Program May Be for You

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Your Partner for a Healthy Community
Frank Kruppa — Public Health Director


Friday, January 31, 2014

For more information contact:
Theresa Lyczko at (607) 274-6714 or Susan Dunlop at (607) 274-6710


Are You At Risk For Diabetes? This Program May Be For You

(Ithaca, N.Y., January 31, 2014) – The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is being offered in February by the Tompkins County Health Department and the Human Services Coalition. Both organizations are participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) led National Diabetes Prevention Program. This is a year- long program beginning with 16 weekly sessions.

February 12, 2014 — Tompkins County Health Department
Wednesdays – 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Contact: Susan Dunlop or Theresa Lyczko at (607) 274-6710

February 20, 2014 — Human Services Coalition at Center Ithaca
Thursdays – 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Sue Olmstead or Bev Chin at (607) 273-8686

The Diabetes Prevention Program offers communities an effective lifestyle change program that is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Program participants at high risk for type 2 diabetes meet in a group with a skilled Lifestyle Coach to learn ways to incorporate healthier eating and moderate physical activity into their daily lives. During the year – long program, participants work with the Lifestyle Coach and the group to identify and discuss overcoming barriers to making these modest lifestyle changes.

Phoebe, a Tompkins County resident with type 2 diabetes said, “I wish that this program had been available to me and that I had known more about the risks for diabetes. I have a family history of diabetes and gave birth to a baby over nine pounds. If this program was available, I might not have diabetes today.”

Family history, gestational diabetes, high blood glucose, being overweight, and age are risk factors for diabetes.

To find out more about the National Diabetes Program and to see if you’re at risk for diabetes go to and the Tompkins County Health Department website:

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