Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

August 15, 2018
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
                 Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512


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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, or learn how to better manage your type 2 diabetes and take better control of your health.

Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes? To find out, 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 Wednesday, September 26, from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, in Pomona. 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 the support of 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.

Do you have type 2 diabetes? Sign up for our free six-session Living Well with Diabetes workshop. Trained peer leaders will help you gain the skills you need to better manage your type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of complications, and improve the quality of your life. At the end of the program, you will feel more in control of your health. The next free six-week session runs from September 26 to October 31, from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm in West Nyack. For more information or to register, call (845) 364-2501.

For more information visit the Health Department's web page at