UWL’s Diabetes Prevention Program

Close up of Glucose meter and syringe for insulin for control blood sugar level with apples and tape measure.

Free screenings run Sept. 4-7

A pilot program at UW-La Crosse that aims to help prevent Type 2 diabetes is looking for area participants.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is open to those 18 and older with a Body Mass Index more than 25 and pre-diabetes blood test results. Free screenings are available from 5-10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4-Friday, Sept. 7, in 225 Mitchell Hall.

The Diabetes Prevention Program was founded by the Center for Disease Control and is a low-cost, evidence-based program designed to prevent Type 2 diabetes. At UWL, the program is administered through the La Crosse Exercise and Health Program. To reserve a screening spot, contact the program at 608.785.8683.

The UWL Diabetes Prevention Pilot Program began last spring, says Kim Radtke, LEHP Director. “Participants in the program are seeing improvements in body weight and blood levels,” she says.

The 12-month program includes a CDC-approved curriculum with training provided by lifestyle coaches and through group support. The next group will start in January 2019. Their overall goal is a 5 percent weight loss through eating less and exercising more, along with stress management and other long-term maintenance techniques.