Press Release: February 01, 2017
Join Other “Your Health Unbound” PreventT2 Participants in Learning How to Make Healthy Changes in Howard County, Maryland
Elkridge, MD, January 31, 2017– Your Health Unbound, is pleased to announce a new program to help prevent Type 2 diabetes. The program, called Prevent T2, is a lifestyle change intervention where a trained lifestyle coach works to train participants in the skills they need to make lasting changes—losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.
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. Most people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years if they do not take steps to prevent it.
“One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Angela Atkins. “The PreventT2 program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”
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 healthy changes. PreventT2 groups meet for a year — biweekly for 26 sessions - twice a month to maintain 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.
Your Health Unbound, chartered under iHealth Partners Network is a recognized provider of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The local program will have an introductory class that will meet at online and by phone, on the first and third Wednesday of the month.
“I’ve tried so many things before, but without the program I would never have done this on my own,” said one program participant.
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, a serious condition that can lead to health problems including heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs. “Small changes can add up to a big difference,” added Denise Campbell, CEO of iHealth Partners Network. “Working with a trained lifestyle coach who provides guidance, PreventT2 participants are making lasting changes together.”
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; or
• Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.
To participate in the PreventT2 program you must meet all of the following requirements:
Be at least 18 years old and
Be overweight (body mass index ≥24; ≥22 if Asian) and
Have no previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes and
Have a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year (one only);
o Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7%–6.4% or
o Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL or
o Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL or
Be previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes
To participate in or learn more about the program, call Angela Atkins at Your Health Unbound at (909) 312-6224 for dates and times available or visit yourhealthunbound.com/prevent-t2.
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Angela owns and operates Your Health Unbound™, an online resource dedicated to empowering individuals to look at their whole health picture, equip them with the information they need take control of their health, and be their own best health advocate.
Her journey to health and wellness came after neglecting her own health and even then, only after being very sick for many years.
After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Angela committed herself to helping others restore their health relying on the theory of biochemical individuality and whole foods. Her research into food sensitivities and allergies revealed much about her own health and has helped her resolve health issues with her coaching clients without medication.
Angela’s approach is to help her clients look at their whole health picture – physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational – and bring everything into alignment.
When this happens her clients have found that they’ve been able to eliminate many (or even all) of their prescriptions – with their doctor’s blessing of course, and rediscovered their vitality, and live happier, fuller lives.
If you are suffering from chronic health issues and know there is something more that isn’t being addressed with your current health plan, then it’s time to talk to Angela. Contact her today for a complimentary consultation and discover ways you can take back control of your health.
iHealth Partners Network connects physicians, payers and patients with integrative lifestyle practitioners including personal trainers, nutritionist, massage therapists, health coaches, and other practitioners who focus on lifestyle changes within traditional clinical, health plan and corporate wellness settings. For the first time, iHealth Partners Network enables lifestyle practitioners and traditional health care providers to collaborate as partners in the care of chronic and preventative conditions. Now, when a doctor recommends weight loss, nutritional counseling or stress management, they can refer and maintain contact with their patients through our credentialed network of practitioners. Physicians never lose track of their patient’s progress as patients, physicians and integrative practitioners have 24/7 access to their care plans through our platform and patient app. For more information, please visit: www.ihpn.online – “Lifestyle: The Best Medicine for Life.” ©
PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, 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 or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among people with prediabetes. www.cdc.gov/PreventT2
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