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MDI Hospital and MDI YMCA Offer Diabetes Prevention Course

December 18, 2014

Mount Desert Island Hospital and the MDI YMCA are launching their latest year long Diabetes Prevention Course Wednesday, February 4 at 6 p.m. at the MDI YMCA in Bar Harbor. The course first meets weekly for 16 weeks and then meets monthly for the following 4-6 months.  

The community based Diabetes Prevention Program helps participants make small successive changes in diet, physical activity and stress management. Meetings, are hosted by a trained facilitator offer a support system for participants to share their successes and manage their setbacks. “We’ve seen amazing changes, not just in weight loss but in attitudes,” said Donna Wiegle, a Swan’s Island resident and the inaugural Diabetes Prevention group’s community coach.

The program is funded by a $450,000 grant from the Health Resources Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. MDI Hospital was awarded the grant in order to lead in the development and implementation of a patient-based program to identify those who may be at risk for diabetes and provide evidence-based methods on finding ways to improve their health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in three adults in the U.S. is at risk for developing diabetes, and many who are pre-diabetic may not be aware of that risk.

For more information, or to sign up, contact MDI Hospital program coordinator Heather Lewis at 801-9008 or

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