Lewis County Offers Diabetes Prevention ProgramPosted: Updated:
Kelly Adsit walks around her Lowville neighborhood every day, no matter the temperature. But less than a year ago, things were different.
"I was really struggling. I was at my worst point as far my health overall. My weight was not where I wanted it to be and I just felt lousy," she said.
Kelly knew she wanted to make a change and, after running into Anna Platz at a local restaurant, she found her answer - the Diabetes Prevention Program run by Lewis County Public health.
Since Kelly started the year-long program, she's lost 20 pounds.
"I'm definitely far more mindful of what I'm eating. I'm more mindful of my activity or lack of," she said.
During the free program, participants learn about healthy eating, portion control, and exercise.
"This program is evidence based; it's really one of a kind. It an evidence based program, which means it's proven to work. Our diabetes participants in 2018 lost 725 pounds," said Anna Platz, public heath specialist for Lewis County.
There are no pre-diabetes symptoms, but risk factors include:
"Little or no activity or exercise or do I have a family history of a sibling or a parent with diabetes," said Mary Kimbrell, a registered nurse with Lewis County Public Health.
Other risk factors include having gestational diabetes during pregnancy or being over 65.
"You can't say it enough. You gotta take action and responsibility for your own health," said Kimbrell.
The 18th group to go through the program had its first session Thursday, but Lewis County residents can sign up until February 21.