NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes-related health problems can make it even harder to overcome COVID-19, a disease that already poses recovery challenges for those with no prior health conditions.

Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a community leader in diabetes education and prevention, continues to help people prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes through a free, year-long program that teaches improved nutrition, increased exercise, stress management and weight loss.

The Prevent T2 program is open to anyone 18 years or older diagnosed with prediabetes or with a history of gestational diabetes. The next year-long session begins Wednesday, June 3, and pre-registration is required. This session will be held via the online platform Zoom until safe distancing allows the class to be conducted in-person. 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Prevent T2 program, which is taught by Saint Peter’s registered dietitian nutritionists and lifestyle coaches, has already shown promising outcomes. Since diabetes is an illness that impacts a variety of areas including the heart, kidneys, sight and more, it is especially important to prevent the diseases before it begins.

Following the completion of three, year-long sessions, participants reported a collective weight loss of 145 pounds and an increase of 130 minutes a day in physical activity.

Sessions are an hour and there’s a fun and educational component. Lifestyle coaches track progress and give away prizes. The class provides group support for living a healthy lifestyle. The year-long program meets every other week for its first six months, followed by monthly meetings in the second half of the year. Initially, all sessions will occur via Zoom so that participants can get the support they need right from the comfort of their home.

The program is fully funded by a grant from the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies Contribution Fund. Call 732-339-7772 for more information or to register. Space is limited. Classes will be offered in English and Spanish as needed.