Sacred Heart Hospital Offering Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Program

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July 13, 2018
Community members are preventing type 2 diabetes together with the yearlong PreventT2 Lifestyle Change Program offered by Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Guided by a trained lifestyle coach, groups of participants are learning the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.
PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program which is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The local program starts on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast and on Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Freeport Medical Group Office.
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 a healthy lifestyle. PreventT2 groups meet for one full year. Once a week for the first 16 weeks then once or twice a month for the next 8 months to encourage and maintain your 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.
People with prediabetes – higher than normal blood glucose (sugar) levels - are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. Many people with prediabetes develop type 2 diabetes sometime within the next 5 years.
"The time is now,” says Linsey Hall, RN, Diabetes Educator for Sacred Heart Hospital. “One in three American adults has prediabetes. The decision to make lifestyle changes now can not only lower your risk for Type 2 Diabetes, but it can lower your risk for heart disease, strokes, and other life-changing chronic conditions.”
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.
Nationwide implementation of the program could greatly reduce future cases of type 2 diabetes which will in turn reduce associated health problems including heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs. “This evidenced-based Diabetes Prevention Program allows a well-trained lifestyle coach to guide and support participants through modest lifestyle changes,” added Hall. “Previous participants have not only lost weight in the learning process, but they have improved their overall quality of life.”
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; have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.
For more information on enrollment, class schedules, cost or to speak to an education specialist please call (850) 278-3546 or email your questions to
About Sacred Heart Health System
In Florida, Ascension operates Sacred Heart Health based in Pensacola and St. Vincent’s HealthCare based in Jacksonville.  Together, Ascension operates seven hospitals and more than 100 other sites of care, and they employ nearly 10,000 associates. Across the region, Sacred Heart and St. Vincent’s have served North Florida communities for more than 145 years. In fiscal year 2017, they provided $168 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty. Ascension ( is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension includes approximately 165,000 associates and 34,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 153 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on Sacred Heart Health System, visit
About PreventT2 National Diabetes Prevention Program
PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program which is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Research shows that modest behavior changes, such as making better food choices and increasing physical activity, reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people at high risk for developing this disease. The National Diabetes Prevention Program brings together federal agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, employers, insurers, health care professionals, academia, and other stakeholders to prevent