The “Healthy Lifestyles” program at St. James Healthcare has earned CDC Full Recognition for the first time. The Full Recognition designation is reserved for Diabetes Prevention Programs that have effectively delivered a quality, evidence-based program that meets all of the standards for CDC recognition and will last for the next two years.
“We’re thrilled and honored for our program to be recognized by the CDC for the first time,” Ida Reighard, RN St. James Healthcare’s Certified Diabetes Educator remarked. “It is important we all work to address diabetes and cardiovascular disease in our community and this program does a great job of addressing both.”
The “Healthy Lifestyles” Diabetes Prevention Program is administered by Ida and Holly McCamant, ACSM-CPT. They assist the program participants to make improvements in their eating habits while also helping them develop a pattern of regular physical activity. The program consists of a 16-week series of nutrition and physical activity classes followed by six months of follow-up classes.
The program initially started in 2008 and has been working a number of years to bring the best quality program to serve Southwest Montana. There are 25 Diabetes Prevention Programs in the state and St. James’s program is one of 13 who has achieved CDC Full Recognition.
“The sustained success of the lifestyle change program makes an invaluable contribution to the prevention of type 2 diabetes, both in the community and nationally,” said Ann Albright, Director, Division of Diabetes Translation at the CDC. “It is immensely gratifying to see the science of diabetes prevention being implemented to improve the public’s health.”