Griffin Hospital is helping individuals change their lives to prevent Type 2 Diabetes with a free educational program starting March 5. 

Prevent T2 Lifestyle Change Program is an evidenced-based, year-long program designed for people with pre-diabetes and those who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes and want to lower their risk. Studies show that this program can prevent diabetes 58-71%. 

“If a healthcare professional has said that you or a loved one is at risk for diabetes, have pre-diabetes, have gestational diabetes, or have high blood sugar or glucose, then this program can help you make healthy lifestyle changes and prevent or delay diabetes,” said Certified Diabetes Educator and Prevent T2 Lifestyle Coach Mary Swansiger. 

Weekly meetings will be held on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, starting March 5. The program meeting schedule is weekly, one-hour sessions for four months, followed by meetings every other week for four months, and finally, monthly meetings for the remaining four months. 

Prevent T2 helps participants achieve moderate weight loss by eating well and being active. 

By the end of the first six months, the goal is for participants to lose at least 5% to 7% of their starting weight, and get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week at a moderate pace or more. By the end of the second six months, the goal is for participants to keep off the weight they have lost, keep working toward their goal if they haven’t reached it, lose more weight if they wish, and keep getting at least 150 minutes of activity each week. 

The program is sponsored by Griffin Health and Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut. 

To register, or for more information, contact Swansiger at 203-732-1137 or mswansiger@griffinhealth.org.