BHS Diabetes Education Program Launches Weight Loss & Lifestyle Change Program

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Health Systems Diabetes Education Program has implemented a Weight Loss and Lifestyle Change Program, with new classes beginning in September, at multiple locations across the Berkshires. 

While the formal program begins in September, there is an Information Session scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 15, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Hillcrest Campus of BMC. To register for this Information Session, call 413-395-7942.

The program is aimed at adults 18 and older who have a diagnosis of pre-diabetes by a blood test within the past year. To be eligible for this program, participants must have a need to lose weight, with a body mass index of 25 or higher. The program involves 16 weekly classes over the first six month period, and six monthly sessions over the remaining six months, for a year-long program. 

Participants must also be willing to log food that they eat and their activity minutes. This program is covered by Medicare and MassHealth.

To apply for the program, call 413-395-7942. A representative from the BHS Diabetes Education Program will take down information and complete the pre-diabetes risk assessment questions. A lifestyle coach will then contact eligible participants to discuss the program and confirm acceptance.


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