Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

September 20, 2017
Contact: Jane Lerner, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
               Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, 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 encourage residents to learn how to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

To find out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, visit or call (845) 364-2651 and take the risk test. If your score shows you are at risk, or if you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes by your health care provider, you may be eligible to take part in Rockland County Department of Health's free National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). "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," said Dr. Ruppert.

The next National Diabetes Prevention Program offered by the Rockland County Department of Health begins Tuesday, October 3, from 9:30 am – 10:30 am, in Nyack. Call (845) 364-2651 today to find out if you are eligible to take part.

A trained lifestyle coach facilitates the program. Participants also benefit from support from the others in the group who share the same goals and struggles. This lifestyle change program is focused on long-term changes and lasting results. Classes meet for one hour each week for 16-weeks, then once a month for eight months.

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