Year-Long BHS Diabetes Prevention Program Seeking Participants

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Diabetes Education Program at Berkshire Health Systems is launching a year-long intensive program to help participants to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Space for this program is limited, and successful applicants will be accepted through a risk-assessment questionnaire. The program begins in September.

The classes are being held in Pittsfield, with 16 weekly sessions over six months, followed by six monthly sessions held for the remaining six months. It is open to those 18 and older, with priority given to applicants who have a weight loss need of 20 pounds or more and with a diagnosis of pre-diabetes.

To be eligible, applicants must be willing to attend all of the sessions and be willing to log food eaten and activity minutes. A representative of the program will take the applicant’s information and complete a pre-diabetes risk assessment questionnaire with the applicant. A lifestyle coach will then contact the successful applicants and discuss and confirm their acceptance into the program.

This Diabetes Prevention program is covered by Medicare. To apply, please call the BHS Diabetes Education Program, at 413-395-7942. The Berkshire Health Systems Diabetes Education Program is recognized by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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