Newark Beth to Participate in National Diabetes Prevention Program’s Lifestyle Training Coach Certification
Access to healthcare is a key component of the South Ward SID’s mission statement. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in the South Ward recently announced that it will be participating in the New Jersey Department of Health, Diabetes Prevention and Control Program’s new partnership with the New Jersey Hospital Association. The goal is to offer certification for Lifestyle Training Coaches in the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 out of 3 American adults has prediabetes—that’s 86 million people. People with prediabetes are at higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes puts people at risk for many serious health problems, including: Heart attack, Stroke, Blindness, Kidney failure, Loss of toes, feet, or legs. Fortunately, having prediabetes doesn’t guarantee a person will develop type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented.
CDC-recognized diabetes prevention lifestyle change programs can help people prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and improve their overall health. Studies have shown that people with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program and lose 5% to 7% of their body weight through healthier eating and 150 minutes of physical activity per week can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old). In addition, lifestyle change programs can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke associated with prediabetes and improve participants’ overall health.
The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA), in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Health, will be hosting the American Association of Diabetes Educators to provide this important lifestyle coach training. NJHA will then work with participants, including Newark Beth, to roll out community-based training.