Catskill Regional Medical Center will offer a free 12-month diabetes prevention program beginning September 12, 2019. Meetings will take place on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Community Health Education Center at 68 Harris-Bushville Road in Harris, NY.

Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough, yet, to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Approximately 84 million American adults – more than 1 out of 3 – have prediabetes. Of those with prediabetes, 90% don’t know they have it. Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help individuals make lifestyle changes to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems.

Catskill Regional Medical Center has adopted the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. The diabetes prevention program is designed to teach individuals how to make better food choices, increase physical activity and provide helpful ways to cope with problems and stress. The program lasts one year, with 16 sessions taking place once a week and six to eight more sessions meeting once a month. Qualified participants will work together to achieve their goals, under the guidance of our certified lifestyle coaches.

The criteria for entry into the Diabetes Prevention Program includes:

  • A positive screening for prediabetes based on the CDC Prediabetes Screening Test. For more details visit:
  • Being at least 18-years-old
  • Being overweight (body mass index ≥25; ≥23 if Asian)
  • Having NO previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Having a blood test result in the pre-diabetes range within the past year.
    • Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7%–6.4%
    • Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL
    • Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL
  • History of diagnosed gestational diabetes during a previous pregnancy

To learn more about the Diabetes Prevention Program at Catskill Regional Medical Center, please call 845-794-3300, ext.2106 or visit