GemCare Wellness, a national health coaching and disease management company, is now hosting its free Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognized Diabetes Prevention Program online to the public this summer.

The program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of Type 2 diabetes through reasonable lifestyle changes with the support and guidance of a GemCare Wellness Registered Dietitian all from the comfort of participants’ homes.

Since GemCare Wellness started its program in 2017, participants have lost a total of 1,038 pounds, with some individuals even exceeding the program weight loss goal and losing as much 50 pounds. Of the participants who started the program in 2019, more than half of them have lost 5% of their starting body weight.

"This program is so important for those diagnosed with prediabetes," said Meredith D’Angelo, GemCare Wellness Registered Dietitian and Manager of Client Relations. "These classes provide support and accountability for those trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Our participants have transitioned from diets that are not sustainable to a more balanced, healthy approach all while lowering their A1C and losing weight. So far, our 2019-20 class participants have lost a total of 668 pounds by incorporating what they learn in the Diabetes Prevention Program into their daily lives!"

Over the course of a year, dieticians work with participants through a virtual classroom setting to establish goals for healthy eating and increased physical activity. Classes cover a variety of health and wellness topics including meal planning, tips for eating healthy away from home, and ways to increase daily activity. Sixteen group classes are delivered in the first six months of the program, and six group classes are delivered in the last six months of the program.

To register for the GemCare Wellness free online diabetes prevention class, visit www.gemcarewellness.com/diabetes-prevention or call 1-800-294-9176. Three class sessions – each from 6-to 7 p.m. – will be held beginning July 30; Aug. 25; or Sept. 21.