Program teaches adults to eat smart, move more, prevent diabetes


Rhinebeck, NY – The best way to avoid type 2 diabetes is with moderate physical activity and healthy food choices.

Learn how to beat this chronic disease with Northern Dutchess Hospital lifestyle coaches Roufia Payman and Marie Monroe in the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The next session starts Oct. 1 in the hospital’s cafeteria conference room, 6511 Springbrook Ave. Choose from two session times: 4:30-5:30 p.m. or 6-7 p.m.

The no-cost classes meet for 16 consecutive Mondays and then bi-monthly follow-ups to ensure participants are equipped to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes and stay on track.

“The sooner a person identifies their risk factors and takes action, the more likely they will be able to prevent this terrible disease,” said Monroe, an exercise specialist at the hospital.

The program is for adults with low levels of physical activity, high triglycerides and heart disease; women with a history of gestational diabetes or who gave birth to a baby of more than nine pounds; people age 45 and older; and high-risk ethnic groups such as African Americans and Latinos. Registration is required by Sept. 15.

Northern Dutchess first brought the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention evidence-based curriculum to the community in 2014. The program achieved CDC-recognized status for meeting high standards, such as participant weight loss and attendance goals.

“Last session, we had one participant lose 55 pounds and, on average, the class lost about 10 pounds per person,” said Payman, a nutrition counselor at the hospital. “These are amazing results that were achieved through small changes to habits, and you can achieve them, too.”

To find out more, visit or contact the nutrition department at or 845-871-3318 (TTY:

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