Glendive Medical Center

Glendive Medical Center will offer Lifestyle Balance class to individuals who have prediabetes or risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes. 

Glendive Medical Center (GMC) will offer the Lifestyle Balance class to individuals who have prediabetes or risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes. The class will begin mid-March, following the GMC Spring Wellness Fair. The class allows those who have risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes an opportunity to make lasting, healthy lifestyle changes.

The Lifestyle Balance class is based on the National Diabetes Prevention Program developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The class covers 23 sessions over a one-year period with a format of eight weekly sessions, then sessions every other week for four months, scaffolding to monthly sessions for seven months.

The new session will begin March 18, and meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Carney Conference Center located in the lower level of Glendive Medical Center.

“The Lifestyle Balance class has had tremendous success over the past few years since we have implemented it,” stated Penny Maher, RN. “The sessions are designed to provide the necessary support and tools to create a lifelong change of habits that have a high success rate among the individuals who have participated.”

Penny recommends individuals have their A1C and fasting glucose tested to see if they have prediabetes.

To be eligible for the program, a participant must be 18 or older, have a BMI of 25 or higher, plus one or more of the following risk factors: fasting glucose 100-125 mg/dL, A1C 5.7 to 6.4%, blood pressure 130/80 mgHg or higher, current treatment for high blood pressure, triglycerides 150 mg/dL or higher, LDL cholesterol 130 mg/dL or higher, current treatment for high cholesterol, HDL cholesterol.

Individuals also meet criteria for the class by scoring a 5 or higher on the American Diabetes Association “Do I Have Prediabetes” risk test. Risk tests will be available at the Spring Wellness Fair or online at DoIHavePrediabetes.org.

For more information on the class, please contact Penny Maher, RN, at 406-345-3309 or email pemaher@gmc.org.

Contact Glendive Medical Center: 406-345-3306 for inquiries or visit www.gmc.org.

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