The Norman Transcript

December 27, 2013

Norman Regional to bring prevention program to city

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — One out of three adults lives with prediabetes, most of which are unaware of their condition.

Individuals who have prediabetes, are five to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people with normal blood glucose levels. However, type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed with a healthy lifestyle.

Norman Regional Health System’s Diabetes Education Center is bringing the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program ( to Norman through funding provided by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) in partnership with the CDC.

To learn more about the program, community members can attend an informational session at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Garden Room at the HealthPlex Hospital, 3300 HealthPlex Parkway.

To qualify for the program, a person must be at high risk for developing diabetes or have been diagnosed by a physician as someone with prediabetes. To take a quick assessment, visit CDC’s DPP website and take the short prediabetes assessment quiz.

Program participants will meet in a small group with a trained lifestyle coach during weekly one-hour sessions and learn about ways to make healthy changes. Topics include healthier eating, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated and more. After the initial 16 sessions, participants meet monthly for additional support to help maintain their progress.

“AADE is pleased to be partnering with Norman Regional Health System,” said Dr. Ruth Lipman, chief science and practice officer at AADE. “Given the number of people in Oklahoma at risk for type 2 diabetes, this effective program will change many lives.”

To register, call Christie Bruehl, CDE, at 307-5733 or email, or Teresa Brown, CDE, at 307-5731 or email

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