Project Lifestyle Change Launches with Diabetes Education Dinner

Program’s third year kicks off with special event and new collaboration with West Cook YMCA

Oak Park, IL (May 15, 2012) — Rush Oak Park Hospital is excited to kick off the third year of Project Lifestyle Change, its free prediabetes education and prevention program, with a special diabetes education dinner and a new collaboration with the West Cook YMCA.

While community members enjoy a light, nutritious dinner at The Carleton of Oak Park Hotel, Judy Carter, MD, medical director of the Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Care, will answer questions on how they can take charge of their health and will offer information on important changes people can make to promote healthy lifestyles as well as tips for managing diabetes.

For those concerned about prediabetes, Rush Oak Park Hospital will offer a series of free prediabetes screenings this summer and fall; people who test positive will be invited to participate in Project Lifestyle Change — which now includes a free three-month membership to the YMCA.

“What the YMCA is offering is spectacular,” says Dr. Carter. “This is a terrific community model for what needs to happen in diabetes prevention: easy local access to regular exercise.”

Once called “adult-onset diabetes,” Type 2 diabetes is on the rise not only among adults but among young people. This demographic change is thought to be associated with some of the same culprits causing the spike in prevalence among adults: lifestyles that include chronically unhealthy food choices and insufficient physical activity.

People who are at risk for Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, for instance those who are struggling with obesity or have a family history of diabetes, can learn more about Project Lifestyle Change at the May 23 dinner event or by calling the Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Care at 708-660-5900.

“We’re excited to be working with the staff at the Hospital,” says David Parsons, chief operations officer at the West Cook YMCA. “They have a wonderful program. If you’re in the prediabetic population, you can reverse the direction of the disease by joining. Our goal is to do whatever we can to help these folks get used to exercising on a regular basis.”

To register for the dinner program at the Carleton, call 708-660-4636. Space is limited. Registration is required.

For more information call Emily Dagostino in Marketing and Communications at 708-660-3644.