Prevent Type 2 Diabetes with the PreventT2 Program
- 850-595-6500, Extension: 1801
Fairfield Service Center, 1295 West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, Florida 32501
Your PreventT2 Lifestyle Coach
PreventT2 lifestyle coaches have the experience and training to help you reach your goals. Your lifestyle coach will help you:
- Learn the facts about healthy eating and physical activity and explain how these behaviors will help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes
- Set and meet your goals
- Build relationships with other participants
- Work as a group to meet challenges
Our Lifestyle Coaches come from a variety of professional backgrounds; including Health Coaches and Registered Dietitians.
PreventT2 Program Features
- Trained lifestyle coach
- CDC-approved curriculum
- Group support
- Year-long program — weekly for 6 months, then 1–2 times a month
What is the PreventT2 Lifestyle Change Program?
What Is the Benefit of Being Part of a PreventT2 Program?
As part of a PreventT2 group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.
Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
What Is the Format of the PreventT2 Program?
PreventT2 groups meet for a year — weekly for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. During each session, your lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion.
For example, you will learn to:
- Eat healthy
- Add physical activity to your life
- Manage stress
- Stay on track when eating out
- Understand and respond to your food cues
- Stay motivated
- Solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes
For more information about the PreventT2 Curriculum, go to www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/lifestyle-program/curriculum.html.
Where Can I Participate in a PreventT2 Program?
Free classes will be offered at the:
Florida Department of Health in Escambia County
1295 West Fairfield Drive
Pensacola, Florida, 32501
Call 850-595-6500, x1814 for class starting dates.
Does PreventT2 Work?
- What Is Type 2 Diabetes?
- What Is Prediabetes?
- Am I at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?
- Can I Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?
- Other Resources
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.
Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.
You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:
- Are 45 years of age or older;
- Are overweight;
- Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
- Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
- Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have
diabetes or prediabetes.
- “Could You Have Prediabetes?” Online Quiz: This simple, seven-question quiz assesses if a person is at risk for having prediabetes. You can view and download the quiz to your website at www.cdc.gov/PreventT2.
- “A Change for Life” Video: In this video, experts and people with prediabetes talk about how type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by making lifestyle changes that include weight loss and increased physical activity. People with prediabetes discuss how group lifestyle change classes helped them learn and keep healthy habits. You can view and download the video at www.cdc.gov/CDCTV/ChangeForLife/index.html.