Saint Anne’s Hospital to provide free diabetes-prevention program

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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Fall River, MA – Has your doctor told you that you are at risk for developing diabetes?  Do you know what pre-diabetes is, and why it’s important to prevent it from developing into diabetes? 

If you want to learn more about how healthy eating and exercise can change the future of your health, the Steward Diabetes Education Program at Saint Anne’s Hospital is offering “Lose Weight and Prevent Diabetes,” a free 16-week education program beginning October 9, 2013, 6-7 p.m., Saint Anne's Hospital, 795 Middle Street, Fall River.Rose Marie Couto, certified diabetes educator

Led by Rose Couto, RN, CDE, certified diabetes educator with the Steward Diabetes Education Program at Saint Anne’s Hospital, (right), this free program is offered through the National Diabetes Prevention Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“There’s a sizable local population of pre-diabetic patients whose risk factors put them at high risk – but, with proper guidance, they can actually stop it from developing,” said Couto.  “Preventing diabetes is more than just healthy eating; it’s also changing behaviors and getting the right support and guidance, which is more possible in an extended program.  And best of all, this program is free.”

Saint Anne's Fall River diabetes care program is based on in the CDC’s national Diabetes Prevention Program 2002 study that showed intensive lifestyle changes can prevent diabetes.  With a common-sense, easy-to-use approach and tools that work along with group support and weekly private weigh-ins, this program will focus on setting goals and changing behavior to achieve weight loss through eating fewer calories and fat, tracking food and activity, and learning stress management skills.

The series is designed for adults who are at risk for developing diabetes or have been told they are pre-diabetic.  Participants may meet either of the following to take part:

  • Blood work: Fasting glucose between 100-125 mg/dl and HbA1c (also known as A1c) of 5.7-6.4%
  • Diabetes risk test: Scoring 5 or above on the diabetes risk screen

Nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association, the Steward Diabetes Education Program at Saint Anne’s Hospital is staffed by certified diabetes educators who provide patients and their families with a comprehensive, personalized array of services.

There is no charge for the 16-week Fall River diabetes prevention program, and no physician referral is needed. Advance registration is required. To learn more or to register, call Rose Marie Couto, RN, CDE, 508-674-5600, ext. 2490.

Saint Anne’s Hospital is a community hospital with comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care services, serving adults and children at its main campus in Fall River, in Rhode Island, and at its community satellites. Founded in 1906 by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, Saint Anne's Hospital is a member of Steward Health Care, the largest fully integrated community care organization in New England.

Saint Anne’s has been recognized time and again for quality, safety and service by such organizations as The Joint Commission (“Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for Heart Attack, Surgery and Pneumonia Care”); Healthgrades (Stroke Care Excellence Award 2013); The Leapfrog Group, “A” for patient safety); Harvard Pilgrim (Hospital Honor Roll for top 15% in U.S. for quality, safety and patient satisfaction); and Blue Cross Blue Shield (“Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement”).

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