HEALTHY HABITS Diabetes Prevention Course

We are pleased to announce that we are offering Healthy Habits course which is a part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).  The classes will be taught by registered dietitian Andrea Withey, RDN with diabetes educator and care managers. The goal of the course is to prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

“I am so excited to offer the Healthy Habits course to our community. This course offers a sustainable approach to health rather than just a quick fix. If you have prediabetes, I feel you are in such a great place to implement lifestyle changes to better your health for the long haul!” exclaimed Andrea Withey, RDN who is the Healthy Habits coordinator. Healthy Habits is lifestyle change course with 16 weekly classes and 6 monthly group sessions. The classes will teach healthy eating strategies and ideas for increased physical activity while guiding participants with behavioral changes towards a healthier lifestyle. The total cost of Healthy Habits course is $180 which covers a material binder and lab work taken 6 months into the program that will show glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL,HDL, and HgbA1c levels. Private insurance coverage of Healthy Habits is based on the plan type. Medicaid and Medicare coverage is pending.

To be eligible, participants need to be 18 years or older, overweight or obese (BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2) and have at least one of the following conditions: high blood pressure, elevated lipids, history of gestational diabetes, and/or diagnosis of prediabetes. People who have previously been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are not eligible for the Healthy Habits course, but the Great Falls Clinic does offer diabetes management classes.

Enrolment for the Healthy Habits course is open to new participants until September 26th. For more information and enrolment, please contact Andrea Withey, RDN at (406) 268-3821 or