National Diabetes Prevention Program

Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department is continuing efforts to grow a referral network to link people with pre-diabetes to attend the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) classes in Burt, Cuming, Madison and Stanton counties. Having a strong referral network of health care providers, fitness centers, agencies and organizations helps ELVPHD to grow the NDPP classes which in turn helps participants commit to healthier lifestyles and lower their risk for diabetes.

Weight control, healthy eating and exercise lowers people’s risk of developing diabetes. During ELVPHD’s 2016 community health survey of 1,480 people who live, work or go to school in the service area, 71% indicated that they were overweight or obese. Diabetes ranked as the 5th highest health concern among those taking the survey. In addition, according to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 2014 data, 9.7% of people in ELVPHD’s district have been diagnosed with diabetes as compared with 9.2% for Nebraska overall.

The NDPP program consists of classes held once per week for 16 weeks by a trained health coach. With the support of the health coach and peers, participants learn to eat healthy, how to add fitness to their life, handle stress, and stay driven. DPP is an evidence-based prevention program and is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal of the program is to prevent diabetes and/or to delay the onset of diabetes. Results of the classes taught by ELVPHD and community partners from 2015 show that 76% of participants lost at least 5% of their body weight. ELVPHD will be hosting a new classes starting in July. If you are interested in taking a DPP class or in learning more about being a part of our referral network, please contact ELVPHD at 402-529-2233 or for more information.


About katcountryhub
I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

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