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Diabetes Prevention Program
Since 2007, the Fair Haven Community Health Center’s Diabetes Prevention Program (FHCHC DPP) has offered 1-hour healthy lifestyle class once per week for participants in the 12-week Intensive Lifestyle Intervention. The healthy lifestyle program curriculum is based on the National Institutes of Health’s Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum, amended by the University of Pittsburgh to fit larger groups, and further translated to fit FHCHC’s particular low literate and predominantly Latino population. Classes are taught by FHCHC DPP clinicians, and are delivered in both English and Spanish. Bilingual PowerPoint presentations and handouts support participants in understanding the content of each session, while detailed facilitator scripts and facilitator guides support facilitators in addressing the widely diverse needs and experiences of participants.
Cooking demonstrations and discussions are an experiential learning component of each class, and foods prepared each week reflect the ripe produce harvested that week from the program’s garden. Between 15-20 adults attend classes on a weekly basis, and often that same group stays the next hour for a professional trainer-led exercise class. Children attend their own exercise classes during the adult nutrition and exercise classes, while infants and toddlers attend onsite childcare. Aligned with the notion that diabetes is a family-oriented disease, when one patient is invited to attend nutrition classes, DPP staff invites members of the patient’s family to attend as well.
Bright Bodies is a weight management program for children ages 7 to 16 that involves nutrition education, behavior modification and exercise in a family setting. Children and their families attend class once a week and exercise three times a week. This program is run in conjunction with the Diabetes Prevention Program as the clinic works to combat obesity and diabetes with lifestyle changes for entire families.