Updated: February 3, 2013 6:05AM
AURORA — Provena Mercy Medical Center has received a $30,000 grant from the Dunham Fund for a groundbreaking diabetes prevention program.
The “A-List: Achieving Good Health” program was developed by Provena Mercy’s Center for Diabetic Wellness to help those who want to make lifestyle changes and to educate the community about the seriousness of diabetes.
“The American Diabetes Association predicts that by the year 2050, 1 in 3 adults could have diabetes if current trends continue,” said Maria Iniguez, manager of the Center for Diabetic Wellness at Provena Mercy Medical Center. “We want to do our part to change that statistic.”
The Dunham Fund grant will help cover costs to run the program, which is offered free to men and women who have risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes such as, having high cholesterol or blood pressure, being overweight, or living a sedentary lifestyle.
Selected participants receive initial screenings, followed by eight weeks of educational programs, healthy eating, exercise, and follow up screenings. Participants set goals and work with educators to make lifestyle changes to reach those goals.
For information on “A-List: Achieving Good Health,” including how to apply, visit www.provena.org/mercy/AList. Interested participants also can call Provena Mercy’s Center for Diabetic Wellness at 630-897-4000.