New session begins March 6 in Rochester

Media Contact: Barbara M. Fornasiero; EAFocus Communications; 248-260-8466;

Troy, Mich. —Jan. 16, 2018—Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), a non-profit organization providing continuing medical education and customized learning programs that improve health outcomes and the individual care delivery experience, announced it will present a new session of its diabetes prevention program to educate individuals on how moderate lifestyle changes and increased physical activity may cut the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by as much as half. Based on the National Diabetes Prevention Program, the new series will kick off on Tuesday, March 6, with groups meeting for 16 weekly sessions, followed by 6 monthly maintenance sessions. More details about the program will be offered at informational meetings on Feb. 6 or Feb. 27 from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

PTI lifestyle coach Carla Irvin, RN, BSN, said this one-hour weekly series emphasizes the importance of lifestyle changes and is ideal for people who have been diagnosed with prediabetes or are at risk for developing the disease.

“Over the course of 16 core sessions, participants will work with a trained Lifestyle Coach and their group to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to promoting sustainable lifestyle changes,” Irvin explained. “The Lifestyle Coach is someone who understands the difficulty of this lifestyle change and will work to equip participants with small changes they can readily make to eat healthier and be more active over time.”

The National Diabetes Prevention Program was developed by the CDC as an effective lifestyle change program to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes. In this program, participants will learn to:

  • Read food labels
  • Manage social/food cues
  • Use ‘My Plate’ guidelines
  • Problem-solve
  • Deal with stress
  • Apply proper portion control
  • Include physical activity in their daily lives

In addition to the weekly sessions, the program follows up with separate monthly maintenance lessons, which provide additional support and cover more specific topics, such as tackling holidays and special events, time management, food preparation/recipe modification, and long-term maintenance. The entire program runs March 6, 2018–February 12, 2019.

What:  National Diabetes Prevention Program

When: Tuesdays–Starting March 6, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. over 16 weeks; plus 6 monthly

follow-up sessions

Where: Country Creek Medical Bldg., 4986 N. Adams Rd., Rochester, 48306; large conference room

Cost: Free

Informational Session: Offered Feb. 6 or Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. at the Country Creek Medical Building

Questions or registration: email or call 248.475.4839


About Practice Transformation Institute (PTI)

Established in 2017, Practice Transformation Institute is Michigan’s leading provider of CME and IACET-accredited experiential learning programs for the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), advanced primary care and other primary care transformation initiatives. To learn more about Practice Transformation Institute, please visit