Center for Healthy Living offers program focused on taking control of type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes

As part of the Healthy Boiler Program’s physical health pillar, the Center for Healthy Living (CHL) on Purdue's West Lafayette campus offers an eight-week diabetes program multiple times throughout the year. "Taking Control of My Diabetes" is targeted to those living with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. The next sessions begin in early August.

“I would highly recommend this class to any ( type 2) diabetic or someone who has been diagnosed as pre-diabetic. Knowledge is power, and this class provides you with much needed knowledge to properly manage your diabetes.”

Leigh Ann Griffin, senior quality advisor, Purdue Healthcare Advisors  

The eight-week program covers 16 sessions -- two per class meeting -- on a variety of topics related to type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes with a goal of helping participants better manage their condition and live healthier lives. Participants have access to expert services of the center’s health care professionals, including CHL pharmacists who are specially trained in medication therapy management, as well as the  three coaches who will lead the upcoming sessions:

Eligible participants will receive a glucose meter and test strips to check their blood glucose levels.*

“This program provides participants with information, tools and resources to help them take control of their diabetes,” Soto said. “Managing type 2 diabetes is difficult and involves many aspects, such as nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management, which will be discussed throughout the program.”

Many past participants in the program have seen improvement in their A1c (blood test that measures a patient’s blood glucose level over the past three months).

Those interested in taking part in the upcoming sessions should fill out the “Interest Form” located on the Healthy Boiler Portal under “Engage,” “Taking Control of My Diabetes.”

*Individuals living with type 1 diabetes are able to meet monthly with a CHL health coach but are not required to participate in the eight-week “Taking Control of My Diabetes” program to take advantage of the test strips and blood sugar meter opportunity. Contact the CHL for more information at 765-494-0111.