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Prevent Diabetes with GRMC's Prevent T2

Nov 9, 2017, 08:36 AM

You may be at risk of type 2 diabetes. 

The American Diabetes Association reports a person may have pre-diabetes and be at risk for type 2 diabetes if you:

  •  Are 45 years of age or older
  • Are overweight
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Are physically active fewer than 3 times per week
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds

Take the quiz at to see if you have pre-diabetes.

If your results indicate you have pre-diabetes or a high risk if it, you can take steps to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Grinnell Regional Medical Center offers a Prevent T2 program to help coach you to make lifestyle changes that will improve your health and reduce your risks. Our 12-month Prevent T2 program helps people with prediabetes and those with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

A grant from Prairie Meadows will help fund individuals to attend this program. Depending on economic ability, you may qualify to attend the class for free.

Participants in this 12-month lifestyle coaching program gain skills to decrease their risk of developing diabetes. The program’s goal is to help each participant lose weight, gradually increase physical activity, as well as assist participants in managing the stress in their lives. Each of the 26 classes has a different focus Cashwell Heather for blogtaught by a team of coaches, including Heather Cashwell, RN, pictured here. Participants weigh in privately before each class. They receive a participant notebook, with fitness logs and food logs, so they can hold themselves accountable to make better choices.

This American Diabetes Association approved program helps prevent diabetes by working with individuals to be more active and watch what they eat. Grinnell Regional Medical Center launched this service to residents due to need. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, 30 percent of the population has prediabetes. In GRMC’s service area of 45,000 in central Iowa, 14,850 people could benefit from the program. 

Classes are underway. For information about a public class, qualifying for financial support to attend, or to enroll, please call the GRMC health coach, Heather Cashwell, RN, at or call 641-236-2079.