The FNSA Diabetes Prevention Program is offered completely online. This makes it easier if you can’t access health services where you are. The online program is held to the same standard as in-person programs. Online group sessions, resources and live coaching provides more opportunities for you to join in wherever you are.
The diabetes prevention and lifestyle change program:
The lifestyle change program uses the curriculum approved by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and can help you to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. The program is designed for people who have prediabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes, but who do not already have diabetes. Trained health professionals lead the program to help you change certain aspects of your lifestyle, like eating healthier, reducing stress, and getting more physical activity. The program also includes group support from others who share your goals and struggles.
This program is not a fad diet or an exercise class and it’s not a quick fix. It’s a 6-12-month program depending on your needs, and focuses on long-term sustainable changes and results. A year might sound like a long commitment, but learning new habits, gaining new skills, and building confidence takes time. As you begin to eat better and become more active, you’ll notice changes in how you feel, and maybe even in how you look.
Improve Your Health
The lifestyle change program can help you to lose weight through eating better and being more physically active. You will also learn how to reduce stress in your life. All these things will help reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and of having a heart attack or stroke.
Feel Better and More Energetic
Many participants say they feel better and are more active than they were before the program. Imagine having more energy to do the things you love. The Lifestyle Change Program also aims to assist with:
- Lowering your blood pressure
- Lowering cholesterol levels
- Achieve long term and sustainable weight loss
- Improving mental functioning & wellbeing
- Decreasing risk of heart attack or stroke
- Increasing energy levels, immune system & general wellbeing
The program has been created to support positive and real changes to your ongoing lifestyle and health.
Research shows: These Programs work!
Previous studies have shown that Lifestyle Change Programs can reduce a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 50% and reduce the risk of serious conditions associated with pre-diabetes. The CDC lifestyle change programs are proven to work. They are based on research led by the National Institutes of Health.
And the impact of this program can last for years to come. Research has found that even after 10 years, people who completed a diabetes prevention lifestyle change program were one third less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. In the lifestyle change program, you’ll learn, laugh, share stories, try new things, and build new habits -all while lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes and improving your health.
Key components of the program include:
- CDC-approved curriculum with lessons, handouts, and other resources to help you make healthy changes.
- Health professionals, specially trained to lead the program, to help you learn new skills, encourage you to set and meet goals, and keep you motivated. The coach will also facilitate discussions and help make the program fun and engaging.
- A support group of people with similar goals and challenges. Together, you can share ideas, celebrate successes, and work to overcome obstacles. In some programs, the participants stay in touch with each other during the week. It may be easier to make changes when you’re working as a group than doing it on your own.
During the first half of the program, you will learn to:
- Eat healthy without giving up all the foods you love
- Add physical activity to your life, even if you don’t think you have time
- Deal with stress
- Cope with challenges that can derail your hard work—like how to choose healthy food when eating out
- Get back on track if you stray from your plan—because everyone slips now and then
In the second half of the program:
You will enhance the skills you’ve learned so you can maintain the changes you’ve made. These sessions will review key ideas such as tracking your food and physical activity, setting goals, staying motivated, and overcoming barriers. You may learn some new information, too. Your coach and small group will continue to support you.
Many people have limited access to health care services due to barriers including: residing in rural or remote areas, limited healthcare services close by or limited access to services outside business hours. With 100% online delivery of sessions and multiple opportunities for live coach interaction, an online program is a great option if you find it hard to attend regular on-site meetings or there is not an in-person program near you. The online program is held to the same standards as in-person programs.
The program runs for 6-12 months depending on your needs.
- During the first 6 months of the program, you will meet about once a week via video call or mobile app.
- During the second 6 months, you’ll meet once or twice a month
If you have not reached your goals in the first half of the program, your lifestyle coach and other group members can help you succeed. Our health professionals will adapt the sessions to match your group’s background, interests, and needs.
For instance, your lifestyle coach may:
- Show you how to prepare healthy versions of popular local or ethnic foods and ask for ideasfrom group members
- Provide tips for eating healthy during cultural holidays or events
- Share fun local events that can help you be physically active
- Give you handouts to address your specific concerns
Take the AUSDRISK Quiz:
Don’t let the “pre” in prediabetes fool you -prediabetes is a serious health condition that can develop into even more serious health conditions. Many people don’t know they are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Assess your risk using the AUSDRISK calculator. If you find out you have prediabetes, ask your doctor to refer you to the lifestyle change program. Through the program, you’ll take small, manageable steps that add up to lasting lifestyle changes to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
More info for About Pre-diabetes
Pre-diabetes is a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal, although not high enough for the person to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Pre-diabetes has no visible signs or symptoms. People with pre-diabetes will have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Risk factors for pre-diabetes are like those for type 2 diabetes which are:
- Being overweight – especially those who have excess weight around the waistline
- Being physically inactive.
- Having an increase in triglycerides or an imbalance of other cholesterol levels .
- Having high blood pressure.
- Having a family history of type 2 diabetes and/or heart disease.
Other people at risk include:
- Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
- Women who have had diabetes in pregnancy (gestational diabetes) or given birth to a big baby (more than 4.5kgs).
- Those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.
- Those from certain ethnic backgrounds such as the Pacific Islands, Asia and the Indian sub-continent.
If you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes, the treatment involves the same lifestyle changes that are recommended for people diagnosed with diabetes. For most, this will include regular physical activity, healthy eating and if necessary losing weight.
People with pre-diabetes are also at increased risk of heart disease, so controlling blood pressure and blood cholesterol and triglycerides is also important.
The GP recommendations
Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or even prevented by:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Regular physical activity
- Making healthy food choices
- Managing blood pressure
- Managing cholesterol levels
- Not smoking
If you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes or have prediabetes, getting type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be a sure thing. In fact, prediabetes can often be reversed. There is a team of health professionals that can help you make the required diet and lifestyle changes, they include:
Your General Practitioner is your central health care professional. It is often a good idea to start with your GP if you have any questions related to preventing diabetes and/or your health in general. Your GP can also refer you on to the appropriate health care professionals to assist you with making diet and lifestyle changes.
A dietitian can work with you to develop a personalised healthy eating plan to suit your lifestyle and individual health needs. They can teach you how to read food labels, modify recipes and even how to order at when eating out
An exercise physiologist:
An exercise physiologist can help you determine the appropriate exercise plan for you, individually suited to your ability and lifestyle.
A psychologist can help you if you are having any kind of trouble dealing with the emotional aspects of life or if you have barriers that prevent you from meeting your health and lifestyle goals. Your mental and emotional health is just as important as the physical side of making change. Stress isn’t good for preventing diabetes or your general health and wellbeing
Other support may include:
Your family and friends:
These people are your key support network. Keep them informed of your situation, about your goals and how these changes may affect you. Ask for them to help support you in making these important changes, these will be the people you will express your feelings to along the way and the ones to provide additional support and encouragement to keep you on track with the program.
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