Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

November 7, 2016
Contact: Jane Lerner, Director of Strategic Communications (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 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 find out how to help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Call (845) 364-2651 or visit 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 (RCDOH) free, highly successful, National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). "It is a proven way to prevent diabetes by making small lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy foods, losing 5-7% of your body weight and learning to keep it off, and being more physically active," said Dr. Ruppert.

Our next National Diabetes Prevention Program begins Wednesday, February 22, from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, in Pomona. The program meets for an hour in a small group setting over a year. During the first 6 months of the program, you will meet about once a week; during the second 6 months, you'll meet once or twice a month. Trained lifestyle coaches lead the sessions and help you make small, but important, lifestyle changes that improve your health. Call (845) 364-2651 to find out if you are eligible to take part. For more information visit

Through the Local IMPACT (Initiatives for Multi-Sector Public Health Action) grant from the Hudson Community Health Alliance, through the New York State Department of Health, RCDOH provided funding to train coaches in the county and will be bringing more of these programs to the residents of Rockland in Creole and Spanish.

Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, is a chronic disease in which there are high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. It is caused by a problem in the way your body makes or uses the hormone insulin. Diabetes can damage many parts of the body, including the heart, eyes, kidneys, and nerves. Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they usually have "pre-diabetes" that means their blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be called diabetes. People with pre-diabetes are more likely to develop diabetes within 10 years and they are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke. The good news is that with the help of trained coaches and support from other participants in the program, you can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.