MCMC offers PREVENT, a program that can help you make the lifestyle changes
necessary to prevent Type 2 diabetes.
If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or heart disease, are overweight,
or just hoping to get healthier, Mid-Columbia Medical Center offers a
comprehensive well- ness program for people committed to making lasting
PREVENT is a one-year program taught by a trained lifestyle coach. Funded
by MCMC’s community benefit program, there is no charge to participate
The 12-month program is designed to promote a modest 5 to 7% weight loss
and increase physical activity. The curriculum is based on guidelines
published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Classes are
held weekly on a virtual basis for the first six months, then bimonthly
and monthly. The goal is to learn how to make the lifestyle changes necessary
to lose weight, prevent disease and increase your overall health. According
to Dorothy hansen, the key to the program’s success for her was
“I was very overweight, and I first heard about PREVENT when my doctor
sent me to a nutritionist for a consultation,” Hansen says. That
was over two years ago. The 42-year-old stay-at-home mother of two boys
decided to commit to the yearlong program, which was funded for her by
a community-benefits grant. At the time, she was taking cholesterol medication
daily and was considered to have pre-diabetes.
“I went from 297 pounds to 210 in that year,” she notes. “The
biggest success factor for me was the accountability. We had to turn in
a food log every week for the lifestyle coach to review. That really motivated
me to make better food choices. I cut back on starches and sweets and
eliminated diet soda, while learning what proper portion control looked
like. The program also encourages exercise. I began walking six days a
week for at least an hour.”
Her husband and sons were thrilled with Hansen’s progress and the
fact that they could now go hiking or bike riding as a family. Soon after
the completion of PREVENT, Hansen had surgery and began to gain weight.
“That made me decide to go back to the program,” she says.
The second year, Hansen dropped to 194 pounds, where she has stabilized
and continues the lifestyle she learned at PREVENT. She is off her cholesterol
medication, and her blood sugar is in the low- glucose range.
“It’s important people know that PREVENT is not just for those
who want to lose weight. I had classmates who were skinny but had other
health issues. PREVENT is for people who want to get healthier and learn
the tools for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The instructors are wonderful
about encouraging you to be the best you can be.”
Please call 541.296.7319 to learn more.