Oakwood Healthcare and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan have partnered to offer a new, free diabetes prevention program in Taylor.  

An hour-long information session is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 18 where prospective participants can learn more about the "My Choice . . . My Health: Diabetes Prevention Program"

It is a 16-week program that helps those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Meetings are one hour long and take place in a classroom setting, where a trained lifestyle coach helps participants make changes in their daily life including eating properly, increasing physical activity, losing a modest amount of weight, and staying motivated.

The classes will be held at Wayne County Community College Downriver Campus, 21000 North Line Road in Taylor, so participants have access to a welcoming, centralized meeting space.

After the 16 sessions, monthly one-on-one meetings will be available with lifestyle coaches if participants want additional support in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

"Across Michigan, diabetes is on the rise," said Lindsey West, manager of Community Health at Oakwood Healthcare. "By bringing this new program to our community, we can help those at high risk for diabetes improve their health to make sure they are not diagnosed with diabetes down the road.

 “Prevention is key to stopping diabetes in its tracks."

The June 18 informational session is free and open to all who are interested in preventing diabetes, and will give participants information to help them decide whether the program is right for them.

Regular group meetings start on June 25. There is no cost to participate in the "My Choice . . . My Health" program, either, however those who wish to participate must qualify.

To qualify for "My Choice . . . My Health" you must be overweight and at a high risk for developing diabetes, or overweight and diagnosed with pre-diabetes.

 In order to participate in the program, a doctor can tell if one is at risk for diabetes with a blood test, or with a screening assessment.

Screening assessments will be offered on June 18 at the informational session. A combination of factors such as family history, gestational diabetes, age, weight and a lack of activity are other factors that can increase the risk for developing diabetes.

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, causing more than 40 percent of all kidney failure cases. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through healthy lifestyle changes. Research shows that losing a moderate amount of weight and being physically active can help delay type 2 diabetes among those who are at risk.

"Diabetes is one of the most serious health challenges in America today," said Dr. Art Franke, senior VP and Chief Science Officer at the NKFM. "My Choice . . . My Health is a powerful answer because it provides participants with the tools to take greater control over their health and work toward living diabetes-free."

"My Choice…My Health" is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is supported by the American Medical Association.

"My Choice . . . My Health" is the Diabetes Prevention Program of Oakwood Healthcare. Participants are encouraged to register by contacting 1-800-543-WELL. Participants can also register online and learn more about the program at
Start Date: 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 6:00pm
End Date: 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 7:00pm