The Be Your Best National Diabetes Prevention Program is a lifestyle balance program carefully designed to help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. You will learn how to lose weight, enjoy eating healthy, and being active. The program is based on research studies regarding the best ways to help people make life-long changes that support healthy eating, an active lifestyle, and weight loss and management.
The classes are held weekly for the first 8 weeks, bi-monthly for 4 months and then monthly for six months. The program first covers nutrition and exercise and then the remainder of the program is focused on making changes to your lifestyle that support your weight and health goals. Regular weigh-ins, support meetings, plus food and exercise journals keep everyone on track.
Classes are offered three times per year.
You really can Be Your Best!
These are the steps you need to take in order to enroll in this transforming program.
Step 1: Determine if you are eligible. You must be 18 years or older. You are eligible if you have a BMI (body mass index) of 25 or higher (CALCULATE YOUR BMI) plus any one of the following:
- High blood pressure or taking medications for it.
- Blood glucose between 100-125 or taking Metformin.
- High cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL or low HDL or taking medication for it.
- Having had gestational diabetes when pregnant.
Step 2: Get your fasting blood work done - full cholesterol panel (LDL, HDL, triglycerides) and blood sugar. Results from within twelve months of the first class are acceptable.
Step 3: Your physician will then need to sign a medical clearance form. The lab results can either be entered directly onto the form or attached to it. This can be faxed or mailed - the contact information is on the form.
Step 4: The last step is to meet with your life coach individually and review your goals, plans and challenges. You will have a life coach, so it's important to get to know one another well. You'll have group support and individual support throughout the entire program.
Individuals covered by health insurance offered through Missoula County and City of Missoula, can take the class at no cost! It's covered 100 percent by your health insurance plan.
Partnership Health Center patients & WIC participants clients may also be eligible to receive a full scholarship. Most Medicaid clients are covered at 100 percent.
You may contact us at (406) 258-4935 if you have any questions or would like to enroll.