January 13, 2015

Diabetes Prevention Program set to begin second session; information sessions scheduled

Health Plus is getting ready to start the second session of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, a program proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes through group sessions with a trained lifestyle coach.

The focus of the program is on developing skills to lose weight, be more physically active and manage stress. The one-year program provides consistent follow up to help participants maintain healthy lifestyle changes and have fun along the way.

One of the participants of the program, Jozee Schnitker, a senior executive secretary in Clinical Pharmacology, said, “I’ve struggled with weight all my life and have a strong family history of diabetes. A year ago, I learned that I was on track to become diabetic. When I learned about the Health Plus Diabetes Prevention Program I was ready to make a change. I’ve lost about 40 pounds and am excited that I’ve finally found the tools to make health a priority. If you are considering joining the program, do it! The coaches are wonderful and it’s great to have coworkers that you might see around campus and share together.”

If you have pre-diabetes or have a history of gestational diabetes during a previous pregnancy contact Health Plus for more information at health.plus@vanderbilt.edu or 343-8943.

Learn more about the Diabetes Prevention Program or listen to the Wellcast interview.

Information session to learn more about the program are scheduled for: 

  • Jan. 14, 7 - 7:30 a.m. at the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center Demonstration Kitchen
  • Jan. 15, 5 - 5:30 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center, Room 6A