Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

November 9, 2016
Contact: Jane Lerner, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
               Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, DO, MPH, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512


NEW CITY, NY - - During Diabetes Awareness Month, Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert want to highlight the Rockland County Department of Health's (RCDOH) efforts to promote prevention of type 2 diabetes in the county.

RCDOH is part of the Hudson Community Health Alliance, a coalition which includes agencies from Rockland and Westchester counties. The alliance was launched by Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare) through a grant from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The goal is to help prevent and control chronic health issues such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Funds were distributed to HRHCare as part of a grant administered through New York State Department of Health's Local Initiatives for Multi Sector Public Health Action, or Local IMPACT grant.

A key part of the Local IMPACT grant is promoting type 2 diabetes prevention. Through the grant RCDOH provided funding to:

  • Place ads in the 55 county TOR (Transport of Rockland) buses in English and Spanish promoting awareness of pre-diabetes and the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)
  • Train eight new Lifestyle Coaches to deliver the NDPP with the goal of bringing more of these programs to the residents of Rockland in Creole and Spanish to reach more people in the county
  • Train two RCDOH staff members to be Master Trainers in the NDPP program, so that they can train other coaches to deliver the program

The Health Department has been offering the NDPP program since 2013. It is a proven way to prevent type 2 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. Our next National Diabetes Prevention Program begins Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, in Pomona. Call (845) 364-2651 to find out if you are eligible to take part. For more information visit

In addition, the Health Department has been working to increase the community's awareness of type 2 diabetes prevention via press releases, social media messages, articles in newsletters (such as Office for the Aging's Looking Forward newsletter and Rockland Veterans Service Agency newsletter), and the Health Department's website We are promoting the program in the community, such as at community collaborative meetings and by working with corner stores/bodegas to encourage them to offer more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains as part of a healthy diet.

"We have been working with community partners on several initiatives to increase awareness of type 2 diabetes prevention in Rockland with the goal of preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes in our residents," said Dr. Ruppert.

For more information call the Health Department at (845) 364-2500.