Introducing, INspire Health!
INspire Health is a virtual platform used to deliver the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Network (DPP) Platform with the goal of making DPP available to all eligible Hoosiers. This platform can be accessed either on a computer or a smart device, like a smartphone or tablet.
INspire Health gives participants the flexibility to complete the lessons whenever they want and wherever they are. To get the most out of the program, participants will need to commit 30-60 minutes each week. During this time, they will need to:
- Watch the recorded weekly video lesson
- Track their meals, exercise, and weight
- Engage with their lifestyle coach through messenger and
- Interact with other participants in the community chat.
With INspire Health, lifestyle change coaches will be able to track participants' meals, exercise and weight. They will also be able to communicate with participants through the platform’s messenger.
INspire Health can help people prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of heart disease, lose weight and increase their energy.
To learn more about INspire Health, visit inspirehealthdpp.com
According to the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an estimated 7.7% (or 335,000) of Indiana adults were told by a doctor or other health professional that they have prediabetes.
What is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have higher than normal blood glucose levels, but are not high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes. If you have prediabetes, you are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Within the next five years,15-30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes. Once a person has been diagnosed with diabetes, it can be managed, but it never goes away.
Am I at Risk for Prediabetes? Take the Risk Test here:
- Prediabetes Risk Test
Risk tests from the Ad Council, American Diabetes Association, American Medical Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Are You At Risk For Type 2 Diabetes?
Risk test by the American Diabetes Association – this risk test is available in both English/Spanish
What Can I Do if I Have Prediabetes?
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Become more physically active.
- See your physician and have your blood glucose checked regularly.
- Join a National Diabetes Prevention Program.
What is the National Diabetes Prevention Program?
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is offered to help people make necessary lifestyle changes. The program was designed and piloted in Indiana by the Indiana University School of Medicine, and has proven to prevent and/or delay type 2 diabetes. This program helped people cut their risk for diabetes in half!
In this year-long program, participants work with a trained "Lifestyle Coach" in a group-like setting to set personal goals, learn how to eat healthily, add daily physical activity, stay motivated, and problem solve issues that can get in the way of making healthy lifestyle changes. Each class meets for one hour:
- Once per week for the first six months - then, upon completion;
- Once or twice per month for the second six months to help with the maintenance of these healthy lifestyle changes.
What are the Goals of the Program?
There are only two goals:
- Lose five to seven percent of your body weight if you are overweight (approximately 10-14 pounds for a 200 pound person) through basic nutrition education
- Achieve 150 minutes of physical activity each week.
How Do I Join a Lifestyle Change Program?
These lifestyle change programs are offered in two ways:
- You can join a face-to-face program. (See map below)
- You can join a virtual program. Visit the CDC’s list of national online program providers.
Once a person is committed to making a lifestyle change, the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program can help them reach their personal goals. Remember, lasting lifestyle changes don’t happen overnight! Here are a few comments from past participants of the program:
My journey began in October 2016 when I had one of those “over 40 years of age physicals." I was tipping the scale at nearly 300 pounds. My blood sugar was higher than normal, my blood pressure was high, and my cholesterol levels were off the charts! I begged my doctor to not make me go on medicine, but I was not able to convince her. I knew I had to make changes. A month later, I started the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this program. It changed my life!!! I listened to what my instructors taught and soaked all the information in. In the process, I learned how to make the necessary lifestyle changes so that I could succeed during the program and also maintain this success after the program ended. In the last 2 ½ years, I have lost 113 pounds, my blood sugar is back to normal, my blood pressure is normal, and my cholesterol is now within normal range. I AM MEDICINE FREE! I feel amazing!!! I highly recommend this class to others like me. You won’t regret it!!!
This program has helped me understand life-changing decisions that I needed to make to improve my quality of life going forward. Our lifestyle coach gives us the knowledge and tools for us to make the decision ourselves, not just be another program where you are told what to do and not to do. The aspect of a small group has definitely added to this knowledge simply by interacting with others striving to change their lifestyle for the same goal as I have. We have been able to help each other along the way, with encouragement as well as sharing experiences. Would I recommend this class to others who want to prevent diabetes, absolutely!
We are not doing this, losing weight and eating better, for our lifestyle coaches, but for ourselves. I heard about this program and I'm glad I did. In one year my weight went from 248 to 228 that is 20 pounds and over 8%. I have lost 3 belt loops, one pants size and my shirts are a LOT looser.
Kathy and Tim
We have learned so much about reading labels on food, looking for fat grams and calories. The class has made us more aware of what food we put into our mouths each day by tracking every meal. We learned to exercise along with eating a healthy diet maintains healthy weight. The class is so interesting and fun, we can’t wait to go back each week to learn more.