November is national Diabetes Awareness month and the New Mexico Department of Health is providing free programs to help prevent and manage diabetes and other chronic, health conditions through the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.
NMDOH estimates more than 248,000 New Mexican adults have diabetes and more than 570,000 New Mexicans have prediabetes. Prediabetes means a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program offers education and coaching to people with prediabetes through a yearlong program designed to change their lifestyle and improve their health. For people with other diagnosed chronic conditions, the Paths to Health NM: Tools for Healthier Living initiative offers a variety of evidence-based self-management programs in Spanish and English.
These classes are free and designed for adults of all ages, helping individuals gain the confidence and motivation they need to take care of their health. Due to the pandemic, classes are offered virtually around the state by trained individuals in community who are also available online, and by telephone.
For information about Paths to Health NM: Tools for a Healthier Living Programs please visit the website https://www.pathstohealthnm.org/