Roosevelt Medical Center, Billings Clinic Collaborate To Offer Diabetes Prevention, Treatment Program
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Roosevelt Medical Center and Billings Clinic will use telehealth technology to offer the LifeStyle Balance Telehealth Program to members of the Culbertson community.
The LifeStyle Balance Telehealth Program is a comprehensive program for the prevention and treatment of diabetes using telehealth technology. This program sets challenging, reasonable, safe and effective goals for weight loss.
Research has demonstrated that people who are at risk for diabetes can reduce their risk by up to 58 percent if they become more active and lose at least 7 percent of their body weight. Those who have diabetes can significantly lower their risk of complications related to diabetes.
Obesity and diabetes are chronic diseases that are increasing in prevalence in both children and adults in the United States. Nationally, 34 percent of our population is overweight. More concerning is that each state reports up to 33 percent for the segment of the adult population that meets the criteria for obesity, a category defined by a body mass index of 30 or higher.
Currently 64 percent of Montana’s population is overweight or obese. Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and other chronic conditions.
This 12-week comprehensive program is open to all adults who are overweight or obese. It includes six follow-up maintenance meetings to support continued weight loss success for each participant. The LifeStyle Balance Program is individualized to meet the specific needs of each person. Sessions will address lifestyle changes by providing individual and group counseling about nutrition, healthy decision making and exercise.
The LifeStyle Balance sessions will be led by a specially trained team consisting of; a dietitian and a life style coach. They will provide the knowledge and framework for participants to build healthy habits into their daily life and carry those behaviors forward for a lifetime.
This program will be offered in September. Contact Roosevelt Medical Center to register.