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:
Prevent T2 Program
This National Diabetes Prevention Program is approved by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and taught by a CDC certified Lifestyle Change Coach. It is a year-long workshop series that is proven to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. Find out if you are at an increased risk for having prediabetes and are at high risk for type 2 diabetes using the National Diabetes Prevention Program-Prediabetes Risk Test.
Hypertension (Blood Pressure Management) Workshop Series
Learn about healthy choices that will lead to preventing, managing and controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol. These workshops provide information to help control blood pressure and encourage participants to make healthy lifestyle choices and is designed to help patients improve their Self-Managed Blood Pressure (SMBP). Incentives are provided for participant commitment to the 12-week program in addition to the orientation. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about reducing high blood pressure and cholesterol, consider attending one of these educational workshops.
Hypertension (Blood Pressure Management) Tracking
Learn more about managing and controlling your high blood pressure through our Hypertension Tracking Program in cooperation with UT Health East Texas Clinics. This program provides a one-on-one check-in with a designated Community Health Worker (CHW) at your clinic over the course of 12 weeks. This process includes: Initial blood pressure reading, monthly check-ins by the CHW to provide further education on blood pressure management, and a final blood pressure reading during week 12, all designed to help patients improve their Self-Managed Blood Pressure (SMBP).
The Lending Library offers patients/participants the opportunity to check-out a blood pressure monitor for a duration of either 14 days (UT Health East Texas Clinics) or 30 days (community locations) for personal use. Along with free use of blood pressure monitors, patients/participants will also learn how to accurately measure their blood pressure and will receive a Department of State Health Services (DSHS) “Blood Pressure Passport” along with other useful educational materials.
Current community Lending Library locations: Allen Memorial Public Library – Hawkins, Tx
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