Making Changes for a Healthier Life—RCMH's Diabetes Prevention Program

March 6, 2017

Rusk County Memorial Hospital (RCMH) is pleased to offer a new program designed to decrease the risk of acquiring Type 2 diabetes called Act Now for Better Health: The Diabetes Prevention Program. The Act Now for Better Health program is a CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)-recognized diabetes prevention lifestyle change course, designed for individuals who have prediabetes and are at a high risk for developing Type II diabetes.

You may be at risk for Type 2 Diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years or older
  • Are overweight
  • Have a family history of Type 2 diabetes
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week
  • Ever had pregnancy induced diabetes or gestational diabetes

“This research showed that people with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old),” according to the website. The program helps people improve their eating habits, be more physically active, reduce stress levels and have more energy, even years after the program is complete. According to the website, “Even after 10 years, people who completed a diabetes prevention lifestyle change program were one third less likely to develop Type II diabetes.” The strategies in this diabetes prevention program are based on research led by the National Institutes of Health.

Three RCMH healthcare professionals trained in the program will work with participants to reduce their risk by losing weight through eating healthy, being more physically active and learning to recognize and overcome barriers to healthy eating and physical activity.

The Act Now for Better Health program is a year-long commitment for participants, with 16 core sessions offered the first six months, and an additional 4 sessions offered over the next 6 months. The program will launch on March 29, 2017. Sessions will take place in the Riverside Room at Rusk County Memorial Hospital from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

To be eligible to participate in the program, participants must have a BMI higher than 24 (22 for Asians) AND have a fasting blood sugar between 100-125 or a Hemoglobin A1C (laboratory blood test) between 5.7-6.4. The program costs $50 per person and is open to the general public as well as staff.

The deadline to register and complete lab tests for this program is March 14, 2017. Space is limited to 16 participants. In the event more than 16 individuals register for the course, a drawing will take place on March 15, 2017 to determine class participants. All enrollees will be contacted by March 20, 2017 to confirm class placement.

Interested individuals are encouraged to download and complete Diabetes Prevention Program Intake Form, available at If you have questions or would like more information, please call the

RCMH Rehabilitation Department at 715-532-5561 ext. 1301. Completed forms should be mailed to: RCMH Rehabilitation Department; 900 College Avenue West; Ladysmith, WI 54848.