Participants Learning How to Make Healthy Changes at 8 in-store locations; higi Health Screening Stations Being Used to Track Weight Loss and Raise Awareness
Giant Food customers are preventing type 2 diabetes using the PreventT2 lifestyle change program offered in stores. Guided by in-store nutritionists serving as lifestyle coaches, groups of participants are learning the skills they need to make lasting changes such as eating better, losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.
“One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Lisa Coleman, Lead Nutritionist. “The PreventT2 program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”
Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. 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. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The local program is free and has enrolled over 100 customers in the first classes. Giant Food and higi, the largest network of retail based self-screening health stations have partnered to help customers utilize the higi stations to track and monitor their progress between sessions with the in-store nutritionists.
“People need to realize the important role that food plays in overall health, and how food choices can have a major impact. Giant’s registered dietitians can do a lot to educate their shoppers and prepare them to make the better food choices. The infrastructure higi offers with its in-store screening stations is a major bonus for our participants. The stations offer a private weigh-in option, available any time they visit our stores as well as blood pressure measurement and tracking for various other health metrics” said Khan Siddiqui, M.D. Chief Medical and Technology Officer for higi.
A local community member enrolled in the program describes her experience thus far saying, “The program has gone well for me so far. The nutritionist’s energy is encouraging and I love that I can ask questions. The information in the group settings has encouraged me to make better decisions and as of today, higi showed me I’m down 4 pounds since starting the program. I’m excited about the weeks to come and learning more ways to reduce my risk of diabetes!”
PreventT2 is based on research that showed that people with prediabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.
People are more likely to have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if they:
- 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
- Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.
To learn more about the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.