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Newport 60+ Activity Center Receives Recognition

The Newport 60+ Activity Centers Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Program received Full Recognition by the National Diabetes Prevention Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 60+  Activity Center is the only municipal park and recreation facility in Oregon to achieve Full Recognition status by the Centers for Disease Control.  Specifically, only fifteen diabetes prevention programs in Oregon have received this distinction, and the Newport 60+ Activity Center is only one of a few fully recognized programs in the state that serves a rural population.   

“Meeting all of the requirements to achieve Full Recognition by the CDC reflects our commitment to providing high-quality care in delivering the Center's Diabetes Prevention Program,” said Peggy O’Callaghan, Supervisor of the 60+ Activity Center.  “We are thrilled to be the leading benchmark for Lincoln County’s Diabetes Prevention programs and this achievement would not be possible without the persistence and hard work of our staff and the program’s participants.”   

The national registry of recognized diabetes prevention programs consists of only CDC-recognized organizations that deliver evidence-based type 2 diabetes prevention programs in communities across the United States.  These programs must use a CDC-approved curriculum that meets the duration, intensity, and reporting requirements described in the Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program.  The national registry consists of three categories: participating programs, preliminary recognition, and full recognition.   More than 1,500 programs are included in the national registry and only 453 have achieved full recognition.  

The 60+ Activity Center’s Type 2 prevention program is designed as a structured, lifestyle program and is delivered by Darcy de la Rosa, Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitian. The year-long program is designed for people who have prediabetes or are at risk for Type 2 diabetes.  Specifically, the program’s success is primarily attributed to the supportive atmosphere and camaraderie that is developed within the classes. Participants support one another in their journey to better health by achieving shared incremental goals that include healthy eating, physical activity, and weight loss.  

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 37 percent of Oregonians have prediabetes, meaning that over 1.1 million Oregonians could have prediabetes and most do not know it. Prediabetes occurs when blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet in the range of diabetes.  

"Many with prediabetes also do not understand that they can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes through education and healthy lifestyle changes,” O’Callaghan said. "The success of our program truly belongs to our participants and the tremendous strides they have each made to create positive lifestyle changes and achieve better health. Looking to the future, we hope to continue to grow the program’s participation outcomes and reach more people from throughout Lincoln County."

To take an online prediabetes risk assessment, visit https://doihaveprediabetes.org  For more information about the Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Program contact the Newport 60+ Activity Center at 541.265.9617.

Source: City Of Newport

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