24 Hours To Help Prevent Diabetes

Are you willing to devote twenty-four hours of your time to a lifetime of better health? If the answer is yes – and you are at risk for diabetes – then the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is for you! The Diabetes Prevention Program is a nationally proven program for preventing diabetes through lifestyle changes. It consists of 16 weekly one-hour sessions, followed by 6 to 8 monthly sessions.  The sessions will address healthy lifestyle changes - specifically healthy eating and being physically active.

The Diabetes Prevention Program will start on Thursday, November 13, at the Catherine Street Annex where Public Health and the Office for the Aging are located. This free program is for people with pre-diabetes, a history of gestational diabetes, or who are at-risk for developing diabetes. Trained Lifestyle Coaches lead the classes.

Our community has higher rates of diabetes - 9.9% of the people in Franklin County have diabetes, compared to 7.8% of the US population, according to the New York State Department of Health. Even more people have pre-diabetes (an estimated 35% of the population age 20 and older). These individuals have the early warning signs of diabetes and many are not even aware of it. In the original study seniors had the best results for preventing diabetes. This shows that it is never too late to make healthy lifestyle changes.

Here is a powerful quote from a local community member who completed the program: “The Diabetes Prevention Program gave me my life back. The last 12 months were the best physically I have ever felt. I went from feeling sluggish to feeling energized. I learned how to take better care of me to stay healthy… I hadn’t really exercised in 10 years. A year ago I was looking at high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, hip replacement and a knee replacement. Through awareness, hard work, and exercise, I have lowered my blood pressure, lowered my blood sugar counts, and with the weight loss move better than ever expected.  I will eventually need those surgeries, but not today.”

This project is a collaboration of Alice Hyde Medical Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network, and Franklin County Public Health. Please call 518-481-2474 to see if you or a loved one qualifies for the program. There is no cost, but registration is required.



Alice Hyde Medical Center Staff Donates To Food Drive

The staff at Alice Hyde Medical Center has been collecting food donations for Franklin County area seniors.  Employees throughout the hospital have donated non-perishable food items and made cash donations to help supplement senior’s food budgets. “Our seniors shouldn’t have to choose between paying for food, heat, or medication.  We hope that our donations can help make that choice easier,” said Douglas DiVello, President at Alice Hyde Medical Center.  The donations were presented to the Alice Hyde Medical Center Auxiliary, which is co-sponsoring the Food Drive with the Association of Senior Citizens in Franklin County, Inc. (ASCFC), sponsored by the Office for the Aging (OFA). The food drive will continue indefinitely, and donations can be dropped off at the main entrance of the Alice Hyde Medical Center. 

Front Row, From Left: Shirley Davis, Susan Schrader, Cindy Soper, Marilyn Johnston, Lynda Basiliere.  Second Row, From Left: Sean Curtin, Julie Marshall, Emily Campbell, Pat Maneely, Douglas DiVello, President, Alice Hyde Medical Center, Dorothy Zegarelli

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