January 14, 2014 –
The Diabetes Prevention Program team is (left to right) Kathy Sterbenz, R.N., Cody Wilson, and Melinda Williamson. They offer classes and several exercise programs throughout the reservation each week that are dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle.
MAYETTA: The pring series of classes begins this week that is being offered by the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) staff to help people lose wieght and to learn healthy nutritional ways to eat better. Classes are about setting “do-able” weight-loss goals, preparing healthy meals and having fun while increasing an exercise routine.
The first class will be held Wednesday, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with another class scheduled for Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. Classes are held in the DPP suite of offices located in the Prairie Band Health Center. Classes are open to the community and are held weekly for 16 weeks.
The Potawtomi News ran a series of DPP success weight-loss stories in 2013 where members offered testimonials about how the program works. In general, approximately 25-30 pounds can be taken off in the four month span by following the program’s goals. Unlike Weight Watchers or other commercialized weight-loss programs, the DPP program offers in-depth individualized coaching and attention to participants.
The DPP staff includes Melinda Williamson, Kathy Sterbenz and Cody Wilson and more about the program can be found at