From prevention to education and care.
Panhandle Health District offers two diabetes programs: Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) in Hayden, Sandpoint, Kellogg, St. Maries, and Bonners Ferry.
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program developed specifically to prevent type 2 diabetes. It is designed for people who have pre-diabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes, but do not already have diabetes.
A trained lifestyle coach leads the program to help you change aspects of your lifestyle, like eating healthier, reducing stress, and getting more physical activity. The program also includes group support from others who share your goals and struggles.
The lifestyle change program is not a fad diet or an exercise class—and it’s not a quick fix. This is a yearlong program focused on lasting results.
While a year might sound like a long commitment, adopting new habits, gaining new skills, and building confidence takes time. As you begin to eat better and become more active, you’ll notice changes in how you feel, and maybe even in how you look.
Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) programs are designed for people who want to manage their type 2, type 1 and gestational diabetes and related conditions. Diabetes educators conduct each program, addressing the needs, goals, and life experiences of people with diabetes. This program teaches you how to eat healthy, be active, monitor blood sugar levels, take medication, problem solve, reduce risk for other health conditions, and cope with your disease.