Lifestyle Change Programs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler offer multiple services to aid in improving the health of patients and community members in East Texas. By means of education, we focus on creating healthier habits leading to an all-encompassing lifestyle change. Our goal is to improve and expand quality of life by reducing chronic disease health implications, including but not limited to prediabetes, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. All workshops are taught by a certified Community Health Worker (CHW) as well as a certified Lifestyle Change Coach and are held in a group discussion format in order to foster a supportive environment.
- First heart attack: About seven of every 10 people having their first heart attack have high blood pressure.
- First stroke: About eight of every 10 people having their first stroke have high blood pressure.
- Chronic heart failure: About seven of every 10 people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure.
- Kidney disease is also a major risk factor for high blood pressure.
Although you cannot control all of your risk factors for high blood pressure, you can take steps to prevent or control high blood pressure and its complications.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) identifies prediabetes as, when your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.
- 86 million adults have prediabetes.
- 9 out of 10 people with prediabetes don’t know they have it.
- 15-30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years without weight loss and moderate physical activity.
To achieve a greater impact on reducing type 2 diabetes, research shows structured lifestyle interventions, like Prevent T2, can cut the risk of type 2 diabetes in half.
We offer the following Lifestyle Change Programs to help you: