Cheshire Community Working Together to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes with Proven Program

February 26th, 2016

CDPP Lifestyle Coaches

Cheshire Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle coaches include: from left, Jocelyn Frain, Monadnock Family Services; Lindsey Austin-Davis, Keene Senior Center; Stacy Wilbur, Keene Family YMCA; and Patti Schuman, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene.

A community partnership among Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK), the Keene Family YMCA, Monadnock Family Services, and the Keene Senior Center is excited to introduce the Cheshire Diabetes Prevention Program to our area.

Participants in this year-long program will meet in groups with a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress in an effort to prevent type 2 diabetes.

People with prediabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. Studies show without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

“One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator Patti Schuman. “The Cheshire Diabetes Prevention Program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”

Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. Cheshire Diabetes Prevention Program groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for 8 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together, participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

Cheshire Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The local program will be hosted at three locations this spring: Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the Keene Family YMCA, and the Keene Senior Center.

The program begins April 6, 2016. Registration is $99 and payment plans are available. For more information or to register, visit or call (603) 354-6866.

“Small changes can add up to a big difference,” added Schuman. “Working with a trained lifestyle coach who provides guidance, Cheshire Diabetes Prevention Program participants can make lasting changes together.”

About Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation's healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/DHK, Healthy Monadnock 2020 is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation's healthiest community by 2020. Cheshire Medical Center is a Dartmouth-Hitchcock affiliate hospital. To learn more, call (603) 354-5400 or visit