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4/14/2015 12:00:00 AM PACIFIC
Updated: 4/14/2015 3:42:25 PM PACIFIC
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Gritman staff complete Lifestyle Coach Training to help patients who are at risk for developing diabetes

Moscow, ID—Gritman Diabetes Care staff Nancy Kure, RD, LD, CDE; Tiffany Schaeffer, RDN, LD; Mary Skoglund, RDN, LD, CDE; Francie Tyler, RN; Donna Winther, RN, CDE; Cory Zenner, RDN, LD; and Cardiac Rehabilitation exercise specialist Allyssa Nilsson, BS, recently completed Lifestyle Coach Training—a requirement established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for organizations seeking CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) recognition.

Training was led by Laura Hollingshead, CDC-certified lifestyle coach and registered nurse at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino, ID, and featured a combination of in-class lecture, mock coaching sessions, research and presentation.

“We focused on communication and how to effectively engage participants and facilitate discussion,” said Francie Tyler, registered nurse and diabetes care team member. “We want to deliver diabetes care information in a way that leaves people feeling empowered and motivated to make healthier lifestyle choices.”

The Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to help those with prediabetes 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.

Lifestyle coaches work with participants to identify emotions and situations that can sabotage success, and the group process encourages participants to share strategies for dealing with challenges.

Diabetes, which is the eighth cause of death in Latah County, was identified as a local healthcare priority in Gritman’s 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment. Gritman Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes Care plans to offer DPP classes to the public later this year.  

For more information about nutrition and diabetes counseling, contact Gritman Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes Care at 208-883-6341.

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