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Diabetes Prevention Programme

Tens of thousands of Herefordshire & Worcestershire residents at risk of Type 2 Diabetes are being encouraged to access free prevention support through the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Living Well Taking Control, a new provider of the NHS programme, opened its doors in the area at the start of December 2020, offering the 9-month programme either immediately online through an app or through in-person group sessions once it’s safe to do so amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Subscribers to the app will receive coaching and educational sessions from a specialist coach, who will monitor their progress and work with them to make healthier lifestyle choices and significantly reduce their risk of developing diabetes.

Participants who choose to take part in the group programme will meet fortnightly with a peer group of other residents going through the programme and receive education and support from their coach in local venues. The risk factors of Type 2 Diabetes are wide-ranging, with everything from BMI and lifestyle choices through to ethnicity all contributing to the potential risk to a person of developing the disease.

If you would like to know whether you are at risk, LWTC have developed an online “Know Your Risk” tool, which uses answers to a series of questions to generate a “risk score”, which is available at www.lwtcsupport.co.uk/know-your-risk-tool. Alternatively, residents are encouraged to speak to their GP and ask if they qualify as at risk and therefore eligible for referral onto the programme.

For more information, visit http://www.lwtcsupport.co.uk