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Troy, Mich. —September 20, 2017—Starting October 3, 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, will present the National Diabetes Prevention Program to educate individuals on the importance of moderate lifestyle changes and how increased physical activity may cut the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by as much as half. PTI lifestyle coach Carla Irvin, RN, BSN, said this one-hour weekly series is ideal for people who have been diagnosed with prediabetes or are at risk for developing the disease.

“Over the course of the 16-week 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 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 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 October 3, 2017 – September 11, 2018.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program will be held every Tuesday from 1:00 pm. –2:00 p.m. for 16 weeks beginning October 3 at the Country Creek Medical Building, 4986 N. Adams Road, Rochester, 48306. The maintenance program follows with monthly sessions. Participants will meet in the large conference room. To register or for more information, email or call 248.475.4839. The program is free.

About Practice Transformation Institute (PTI)

Celebrating 10 years 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