Partners with Sullivan 180 to provide screenings as part of ongoing diabetes prevention program

Catskill Regional Medical Center will provide FREE pre-diabetes risk assessments at the Sullivan 180 Healthy Living Festival on September 23, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The festival will be held on the campus of SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake located at 112 College Road.

Catskill Regional Medical Center has adopted the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, which offers a scientifically-proven and effective lifestyle enhancement program that can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. It is based on research which showed that people with pre-diabetes, who lost just 5 to 7 percent of their body weight through modest changes, reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

As one in three Americans is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, risk assessments for pre-diabetes are a critical first step in identifying someone who may be a candidate for the program.

“Diabetes is a pervasive health concern across the nation, and identifying patients at risk early is a critical part of providing effective care,” said Jonathan Schiller, CEO of Catskill Regional Medical Center. “By providing these free assessments at the Healthy Living Festival, we hope to engage people at risk early, and invite them to explore our free, 12-month program that provides tips and techniques for delaying or avoiding the onset of type 2 diabetes with simple lifestyle changes.”

People with pre-diabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with pre-diabetes can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

The CDC reports that people more likely to have pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes include those who:

  • Are 45-years-old and older
  • Are overweight
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week
  • Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds

Catskill Regional Medical Center’s prevention program offers trained lifestyle coaches who teach participants, at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, lifestyle skills they can use to reduce those risks, including losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress. Those who qualify for the free program will meet weekly in a group setting during the first 6 months, and once or twice a month for the second 6 months. The group setting provides a supportive environment in which people facing similar challenges find ways to overcome obstacles and celebrate their successes together.

Stop by the Catskill Regional Medical Center booth at the Healthy Living Festival on September 23 to receive a free risk assessment. Qualified participants will learn more about the free 12-month Diabetes Prevention Program. For more information about the Diabetes Prevention Program at Catskill Regional Medical Center, please contact the Diabetes Self-Management Training Center at 845-794-3300, extension 2106, or visit