• MercyOne Clinton Offers Free Virtual Educational Programs to Help People Prevent Type 2 Diabetes and Stop Smoking

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    May 05, 2020

    MercyOne Clinton Medical Center is offering a virtual version of its free program to prevent type 2 diabetes. Called Prevent T2, it's part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prevent T2 is a proven program designed to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Beginning Wednesday, May 6, the program will be offered virtually from 3-4 p.m. on Wednesdays through June, then every other week until May 5, 2021. Sessions will be offered by phone/videoconference initially, but once COVID-19 restrictions allow, they'll be held in person.


    Guided by trained lifestyle coaches, groups of participants learn the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.


    Individuals who answer "yes" to any of the following questions may have prediabetes or be at risk for type 2 diabetes:

    • Are you 45 years of age or older?
    • Are you overweight?
    • Do you have a family history of type 2 diabetes?
    • Are you physically active fewer than three times per week?
    • Have you ever had diabetes while pregnant or given birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds?


    Call 563-244-3539 for more information or to sign up for virtual Prevent T2.


    MercyOne Clinton is committed to helping people in the Clinton area protect themselves from the ill effects of COVID-19, and one way to do this is to take steps to quit smoking and vaping. MercyOne Clinton will offer free Freedom From Smoking® classes virtually beginning Tuesday, May 12 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Virtual classes will be held on Tuesdays for seven weeks.


    In addition, participants in the virtual session of Freedom From Smoking® will have the opportunity for a free one-year membership ($99 value) in the American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking Plus online program, which provides one full year of continuous support in quitting and maintaining a tobacco-free lifestyle. These free memberships are available while supplies last.


    Health experts have long studied the harm caused to the immune system from smoking and vaping.  Recent studies demonstrate individuals who smoke or vape are more likely to contract COVID-19 and more likely to experience severe symptoms. 


    Within the first 20 minutes of quitting, heart rate and blood pressure drops, within 12 hours the carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal, and within two to 12 weeks circulation improves and lung function increases.


    Call 563-244-3539 for more information or to sign up for virtual Freedom From Smoking®.



    Lori Leipold, Marketing Specialist
    (563) 244-7526