Losing even a little bit of body weight

can gain an individual so much more.

To improve overall health, an individual doesn’t need to go on an extreme diet, drastically cut calories, or train like a professional athlete.

In fact, one does not need to give up the foods they love, just make small lifestyle changes. Making small lifestyle changes and losing a little bit of weight, even five percent, can make a huge positive health impact.

Losing 5-7% of body weight can:

Reduce the risk for developing type 2 diabetes

Lower cholesterol

Reduce the risk for heart disease and some cancers

Improve blood glucose

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is when your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The major difference between prediabetes and type 2 diabetes is that with prediabetes an individual can reduce the risk or prevent type 2 diabetes by making lifestyle changes. However, once diagnosed, type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that does not currently have a cure. That’s why it’s important for an individual to know their risk for developing type 2 diabetes and, if at risk, to connect with a Diabetes Prevention Program.

1 in 3 people are at risk for prediabetes, and 80%

of those at risk do not even know they are at risk.

Prediabetes increases the risk for:

Type 2 diabetes

Heart disease


The Diabetes Prevention Program

The Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based program that is proven to help individuals lose weight and reduce the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The program is 26 total sessions that span a total of 9-12 months and participants:

Lose an average of 5-7% of their body weight

Incorporate physical activity into their weekly routines (up to 150 minutes a week)

Gain the skills to shop and cook to prevent type 2 diabetes

Make lifestyle changes that keep the weight off

To register for the Diabetes Prevention Program

Get Into Fitness Today (GIFT) Program

The GIFT program is for anyone who is looking for health and wellness information and a starting point to lose weight, learn tools for healthy eating and ways to be more physically active. In this program, participants meet once a week for 12 weeks and cover topics such as physical activity, healthy shopping on a budget, reading nutrition labels, fiber, fats, and gain the tools to make healthy lifestyle changes.