The people of Western North Carolina have relied upon word-of-mouth long before the existence of social media, search engines, or even the telephone book. Neighbors have always been trusted sources of local information like where to buy seeds in the spring, or which doctor really takes the time to listen to her patients. The MountainConnections initiative extends the tradition of neighbors helping neighbors in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes. North Carolina as a whole has a high rate of diabetes and pre-diabetes. Diabetes is a serious chronic condition that, unmanaged, can lead to blindness, foot amputation, stroke, and even death.Physicians and other medical professionals are typically a patient’s first line of defense, starting at the time of diagnosis. But medical interventions are not enough for managing diabetes. Daily exercise and healthy eating are critical to staving off the complications of diabetes.Churches, schools, and local nonprofit organizations – our neighbors – offer a wealth of diabetes management programs like walking clubs and healthy cooking classes. MountainConnections aims to work with health providers to raise their awareness of these programs so they can make trusted referrals to their patients. It’s neighbors helping neighbors, just like the people of Western North Carolina have always done. It’s just one of the mountain traditions that makes us MountainWise.
Ready to get Started?
Your local health department is offering a program that consists of 16 group classes and individual support sessions with a trained Lifestyle Coach. Participants will learn how to:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Prepare simple, healthy meals
- Find time to be physically active
Click on your area in the map to learn more about the Lifestyle Coaches and programs in your area.
View the Diabetes Prevention Programs in your area.
Make a Change
Learn more about how the Diabetes Prevention Program can help you.
Are you at risk for Diabetes?
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth?
- Do you have a sister or brother with diabetes?
- Do you have a parent with diabetes?
- Do you have an above average BMI? (25+)
- Are you younger than 65 years of age and get little or no exercise in a typical day?
- Are you between 45 and 64 years of age?
- Are you 65 years of age or older?
If you answered yes to two or more of the questions above, you may be at risk for diabetes.