When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, 24 for Life – Diabetes Prevention Program had to cancel in-person classes. It was important to keep the momentum of the participants currently in the program moving forward. At that time 24 for Life decided to transition to a distance learning online format.
“We have many participants with various abilities in using technology or not having technology at all. By giving them an option of video or teleconferencing, it gave them the ability to continue on with the program,” said Donna Doel, Assistant Coordinator, 24 for Life Diabetes Prevention Program.
During the stay at home order, some 24 for Life participants were alone in their residence and were not able to get out or have visitors. Being able to join in on zoom or the teleconference gave them the ability to be in a social setting and continue their goal of learning how to prevent type 2 diabetes.
“Overall, the online platform has worked well,” said Lee Ann, a 24 for Life Participant. “I enjoyed being on Zoom with the other participants, the group setting helps bring motivation.
The online platform has allowed more people to get involved in 24 for Life as it has removed some of the barriers including transportation, childcare, home schedules or busywork.
“The online platform of allows participants receive the education from a location that works for them. In fact, we had one couple who were on a camping trip during one of our classes and they found a hotspot at the campground and joined the class,” said Doel.
Some of the skills you learn from the 24 for Life program are:
• Eat healthier
• Add physical activity to your life
• Manage stress
• Stay on track when eating out
• Understand your responses to food
• Stay motivated
• Solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes
“Participating in the program has helped me lose the weight I needed to. It has made me more aware of what I should be eating and conscious of the exercise we are getting,” said Lee Ann.
Since March 2020, 24 for Life has been able to continue making progress with 12 groups, 3 of which graduated during the pandemic.
If you or someone you know would benefit from 24 for Life, contact Donna Doel at 785-250-5210 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The sooner you call, the sooner we can help!
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