The Labor Management Project (LMP) recently launched a Diabetes Prevention Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital. 1199SEIU members and other staff who enroll in this evidence-based program will receive support from a trained lifestyle coach. Participants will take a 16-week class, followed by monthly support sessions over the course of one year.

With guidance from Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Labor-Management Committee and a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-approved provider of Lifestyle Coach training, staff members will be trained to deliver a curriculum from the National Diabetes Prevention Program, which has proved successful in lowering the risk for Type 2 diabetes. Coaches will help staff manage their pre-diabetes by teaching them strategies to develop healthier eating habits and be more physically active. The goal of the program is for all participants to lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight and work their way up to exercising 150 minutes per week.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the LMP’s Workplace and Community Health Program, which supports the development of innovative initiatives that promote healthy worksites and communities for 1199SEIU members and their families. For more information about the Diabetes Prevention Program, please contact Chris Pernell, Senior Manager, Workplace and Community Health Program.

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