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Niagara County Department of Health Collaborating with Lockport City School District to Promote Employee Wellness

Author: Jacquelyn Langdon/Friday, August 11, 2017/Categories: Health

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The Niagara County Department of Health is collaborating with the Lockport City School District to provide an evidence based Diabetes Prevention Workshop to district staff and their families. The Lockport City School District will offer a new staff wellness opportunity aimed at diabetes prevention. Worksite wellness has been around for years in corporate settings, but it has not been a priority in many school districts. The Lockport City School district will be the first district in Niagara County to take this innovative approach to improve the health of their staff and families. “The Niagara County Department of Health recognizes Lockport City School District for going above and beyond for their employees by welcoming this workshop in support of community health and well-being,” stated Public Health Director, Daniel Stapleton.


According to the most recent data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 30.3 million Americans have diabetes and an additional 86 million (1 in 3 adults), have prediabetes. This means their blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. Without intervention, many people with prediabetes could develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years, placing them at risk of serious health problems. According to the American Diabetes Association, the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2012 was $245 billion, including $69 billion in reduced productivity and $176 billion in direct medical costs. With this knowledge, the Lockport City School District is partnering with the Niagara County Department of Health and P2 Collaborative to offer the CDC approved evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program, to district staff and their families. This program aims to prevent type-2 diabetes among adults at high risk for the disease by helping them achieve at least 7% weight loss and 150 minutes of physical activity per week.


The Diabetes Prevention Workshop offered at the Lockport City School District is scheduled to begin on September 13, 2017. The workshop is comprised of 16 weekly one-hour lessons inclusive of handouts and other resources to help individuals make healthy changes. Stacy Knott, a lifestyle coach from the Niagara County Department of Health, has specific training for leading the program and helping participants make lifestyle changes. "Participants will receive support in setting goals as well as learn new skills to meet personal goals. We provide ongoing encouragement to keep motivated by facilitating discussion and making the program fun and engaging,” stated Public Health Educator, Stacy Knott.  For more information, or to register for the workshop at the Lockport City School District, contact Stacy Knott at 716-278-8596.


If a group or organization is interested in scheduling a free Diabetes Prevention Program, a Diabetes Self-Management Workshop or a Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop, call the Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division at (716) 278-1900.


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