Ascension Sacred Heart Offers Virtual Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Program

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Community members are preventing type 2 diabetes together with help from the yearlong PreventT2 Lifestyle Change Program offered by Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast.

PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program which is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The local program starts on Nov. 5. It will be held virtually with a plan to resume in-person classes as soon as possible.

Guided by a trained lifestyle coach, groups of participants will learn the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

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 a healthy lifestyle. PreventT2 groups meet for one full year. They meet once a week for the first 16 weeks, and then once or twice a month for the next eight months to encourage and 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.

“The time is now,” says Linsey Hall, RN, Diabetes Educator for Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast. “One in three American adults have prediabetes and 90 percent do not know it.”

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. Many people with prediabetes develop type 2 diabetes sometime within the next 5 years.

“This evidenced-based Diabetes Prevention Program allows a well-trained lifestyle coach to guide and support participants through modest lifestyle changes,” added Hall. “Previous participants have not only lost weight in the learning process, but they have improved their overall quality of life.”

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; have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.

For more information on enrollment, class schedules, cost or to speak to an education specialist please call (850) 278-3546 or email your questions to Julie.Palmer@ascension.org.

Hospital Volunteers Establish Scholarship to Recognize Roger Hall

In recognition of Roger Hall and his 18 years of service to Ascension Sacred Heart and the community, the Volunteer Guild at Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast has established the Roger L. Hall Legacy Scholarship Endowment at Northwest Florida State College. The Volunteer Guild created the Legacy Scholarship Endowment with a pledge of $15,000.

Hall retired this summer as President of Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast after 18 years of service to the hospital and the community. During his 30-year career in the healthcare industry, he remained passionate about making a difference and raised the bar for healthcare in the Northwest Florida region. He joined Sacred Heart Health System in 2002 to lead the opening of Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast. Under his leadership, the hospital was recognized five times as a 100 Top Hospital® by Truven Health Analytics.

The Roger L. Hall Legacy Scholarship will be used to make tuition, fees and book awards to NWF State College students who are enrolled in a degree program in finance, business or health sciences. First preference shall be students who are in financial need.

To contribute to the Roger L. Hall Legacy Scholarship, please visit nwfscfoundation.org/RogerHallLegacyScholarship. For information about partnership opportunities or ways to support Northwest Florida State College, please contact the Foundation office at (850) 729-5357 or foundation@nwfsc.edu.

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