Get to Know CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program

Get to Know CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program


(upbeat music) – Hi, I’m Joan Lunden. 84 million Americans are
facing a serious health risk and don’t even know because
they have no symptoms. Are you one of them? We’re talking about pre-diabetes, a condition where your blood sugar level is higher than normal,
and without intervention will likely become full-on type 2 diabetes within five years. But the good news is you can
keep that from happening. By eating healthy and being more active you can greatly reduce your risk and there is help for you at the National Diabetes Prevention Program. – I became a diabetes educator because it’s a disease that is
spreading all over our country and it’s something that
could affect anybody. We focus on people who have
diabetes or pre-diabetes and it’s really important
to have people prevent this chronic disease. I teach them a lot about movement, I teach them about their heart
rate and how to keep it safe and we don’t ever use that word diet. I hate that word actually. (laughs) It really is just them learning
basic fundamental nutrition. – Georjean’s gotten us to
really look at food differently. I find myself going to the supermarket and spending much more
time reading food labels. – The members thank me every week by reaching their goals and
making themselves proud. – My lifestyle has changed,
I’m drinking more water. When I got with my doctor this past year, I think at that point I was probably 190, going on 200 pounds. I’m 170-something now. – I started learning a lot
of stuff that I don’t know. I’m still learning. That’s why I keep coming because
she’s a very nice teacher. And I improve a lot. – When a member makes huge changes, it’s like winning the lottery. It’s like saving someone’s life. – To learn more on how you
can prevent type 2 diabetes, log on to cdc.gov/diabetestv. We’ll see you next time. I’m Joan Lunden. – [Narrator] Sponsored by
NACDD, with support from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. Visit cdc.gov/diabetestv. (upbeat music)

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