Madison County Rural Health Council earns diabetes distinction

MORRISVILLE — The Madison County Rural Health Council has been recognized as a Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Provider by the federal Centers for Disease Control.

Through the MDPP, MCRHC have also partnered with Cayuga Health Network and Seven Valleys Health Coalition. This means that more CNY residents can take part in this successful diabetes prevention program, according to program officials.

Medicare eligible

Medicare participants in and around Madison, Cayuga and Cortland counties who want to take part in the program can now have it paid for by their Medicare insurance. The MDPP is specifically designed to help Medicare beneficiaries who have symptoms of prediabetes develop healthy habits to prevent type 2 diabetes.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services oversees the program on a federal level, and organizations that achieve this certification have submitted 36 months (12 months for CDC preliminary recognition and up to 24 additional months for full recognition) of data from year-long diabetes prevention lifestyle change programs.

About the program

This CDC-recognized lifestyle change program has proven that people with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program and lose 5% to 7% body weight plus increase their physical activity to 150 minutes/week can cut their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old).

This program provides a full year of support from a trained lifestyle coach to help participants learn how to eat healthier, add physical activity into their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of meeting their goals.

The next virtual lifestyle change program begins on Feb. 24th. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon. on Zoom. This program is offered at no cost to participants.

Program participants who have completed the program can speak to its success.

“I have lost 22 pounds with the help of a class for folks with prediabetes! We learn strategies to help us decrease our risk of getting Type 2 diabetes, such as weight loss, and becoming more active. A year’s commitment sponsored by the Madison County Rural Health Council. I tell you, I feel so much better!” said Julia of Cazenovia

“I lost 42 pounds and my doctor said it was the best he has seen me in 10 years” said Rachel of New Woodstock

“Last October 2020 my A1C was 6.2. In Jan. 2021, my A1C was down to 5.7. My doctor said without medication my A1C will probably go back up. In May 2021, my A1C reading was 5.4! I’m so glad I signed up for the Diabetes Prevention Program! My lifestyle coach is encouraging, non-judgmental and knowledgeable. It’s working exactly as it should.” said Sue of Syracuse.

Those who have been diagnosed by their healthcare provider with prediabetes or are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetesare encouraged to register.

Those who are unsure if they may be at risk for prediabetes can take a quick prediabetes risk test at