Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

November 23, 2015
Contact: Scott Salotto (845) 638-5645
               Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, DO, MPH, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512


You may be eligible to take part in the Health Department's free, highly successful
Diabetes Prevention Program

NEW CITY, NY - - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce that November is Diabetes Awareness Month, the perfect time to talk to your doctor about your risk for type 2 diabetes.

Visit our website at and take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. If your score shows you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, or if you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes by your health care provider, you may be eligible to take part in the Rockland County Department of Health's free, highly successful Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). "It is a proven way to prevent diabetes by making small lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy foods and being more physically active," said Dr. Ruppert.

The program meets in a small group for just one hour every week for 16 weeks. Trained lifestyle coaches lead the weekly sessions and help you make small, but important, lifestyle changes that improve your health. DPP can help you lose 5-7% of your body weight and learn to keep it off.

Lifestyle change is not easy but with the help of trained coaches and support from other participants the goals of this program are reachable!

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 15-33% of the people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years if they do not take steps to prevent or delay it. Diabetes can damage many parts of the body, including the heart, eyes, kidneys, and nerves.

Call (845) 364-3864 to find out when our next DPP program is scheduled, and if you are eligible to take part. For more information visit