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Vanessa J. Summers
v.summers@imhc.org  
317-920-4951

 

BLACK WOMEN’S HEALTH IMPERATIVE PARTNERS WITH INDIANA MINORITY HEALTH COALITION TO PREVENT TYPE 2 DIABETES INDIANAPOLIS, IN

 

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 20, 2013) — One in three adults has prediabetes, a significant risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. Today, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (Imperative) announced the launch of its Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program, Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life., in INDIANAPOLIS through its partner organization INDIANA MINORITY HEALTH COALITION.

 

People with prediabetes are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life is aimed at supporting Black women and Latinas adopt and maintain key lifestyle changes to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

 

“The burden of diabetes takes an immeasurable toll in OUR communities all across this country. We suffer from premature death, days lost from work and depression—all of which have an enormous emotional and financial impact on families,” said Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, president and CEO of Black Women’s Health Imperative.

 

Program participants meet as a group with a trained lifestyle coach and learn how to make important changes, such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress. The group setting provides a supportive environment with individuals who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants can celebrate their successes and figure out ways to overcome obstacles.

 

To participate in Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life., a person must be 18 years or older and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 24. They must also:

 

Have a previous diagnosis of prediabetes or history of gestational diabetes; or

 

Score at least a 9 on the CDC Diabetes Risk Test.

 

To find information on programs and locations in INDIANAPOLIS go to www.imhc.org or call VANESSA SUMMERS, NATIONAL DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM COORDINATOR, at 317-920-4951 OR 317-926-4011

 

To learn more about Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. or the National Diabetes Prevention Program, please visit www.BlackWomensHealth.org.


About the Black Women’s Health Imperative
Founded in 1983, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (Imperative) is the only national organization advancing the health and wellness of our nation’s Black women and girls. Through advocacy and public policy, health education and leadership development, the Imperative strives to eliminate racial and gender-based health disparities and deepen Black women’s resolve in becoming informed decision makers to achieve health equity and wellness.

 

About INDIANA MINORITY HEALTH COALITION

The Indiana Minority Health Coalition (IMHC) is a statewide non-profit, minority business enterprise that exists to eliminate health disparities through research, education, advocacy and access to health care services.

 

 

“Change Your Lifestyle, Change Your Life”


A FREE program brought to you by the Black Women’s Health Imperative
And the Indiana Minority Health Coalition

 

The Indiana Minority Health Coalition is now offering a FREE evidenced-based lifestyle change program for prediabetics. This program wants to:

 

Improve food choices

 

Increase physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week

(30 Minutes a day)

 

Lose 5%-7% of body weight

 

These changes will reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people at high risk for diabetes.


Participants work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting and receive a one year lifestyle change program which included 16 Sessions (usually one per week) and

 

6 Post Core Sessions (one per month).

 

It is estimated that more then 1/3 of adult Americans and ½ of adults 65 years or older have prediabetes the majority of people living with prediabetes do not know they have it.

 

To learn more about ‘CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE, CHANGE YOUR LIFE”, contact

VANESSA SUMMERS at 317-920-4951 or email v.summers@imhc.org