Twin Cities Hospital
April 04, 2017

Niceville, FL - Twin Cities Hospital is pleased to announce their Diabetes Prevention Program has received full recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This designation is reserved for programs which have effectively delivered a quality, evidence-based program that meets all of the standards from the CDC. The Diabetes Prevention Program is guided by a Certified Diabetes Educator and trained lifestyle coach. Groups of participants learn the skills they need to make lasting changes to help prevent type 2 diabetes, such as losing a modest amount of weight, increasing physical activity, and managing stress.

“We are excited to continue offering a program dedicated to the prevention of type 2 diabetes. The weekly classes guide participants through the challenges of healthy eating with problem solving, stress management, addressing motivation, physical activity, and lifestyle change,” said Whitney Temple, RD, CDE, lifestyle coach, and Diabetes Education Coordinator at Twin Cities Hospital.

Groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once monthly for six months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. According to the CDC, nationwide implementation of the program could save the U.S. healthcare system $5.7 billion and prevent about 885,000 future cases of type 2 diabetes.

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 or gave birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds

Twin Cities Hospital Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the CDC. To participate in Twin Cities Hospital’s Diabetes Prevention Program, contact Whitney Temple, RD, CDE, at (850) 729-9480.