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Diabetes Grant Funds New Program

February 08, 2011
The Butte Community Diabetes Network recently received a $37,500 grant from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to help prevent diabetes in persons at risk in Butte and surrounding areas. Administered by the St. James Healthcare Foundation, the grant includes a course curriculum and instructor and participant materials for a Diabetes Prevention Program. “The purpose of the program is to teach participants about nutrition and activities that will help prevent the onset of diabetes,” said Ida Reighard, RN, CDE, Diabetes Coordinator at St. James Healthcare. The program consists of one hour of classroom instruction each week for 16 weeks at the Butte Family YMCA. “We will present information on lifestyle changes including healthy eating and also offer an optional exercise class just for the participants. In addition, class members can participate in all the other classes and activities offered at the Y, if they wish,” said Holly McCamant, Life Style coach at the YMCA. Upon completion of the 16-week core program, maintenance meetings will be held once each month to offer continued support and reinforcement to the participants on their lifestyle changes. Participants will receive free lab work at the end of the 16 weeks and again, 6 months later. The cost of the program is $50 for Y members and $100 for non-Y members, and scholarships (fee waivers) are available to anyone who cannot pay the fee. At the conclusion of the program, participants will receive a 50 percent fee refund. For more information or to sign up for the session, call Reighard at 723-2960 or McCamant at 782-1266.