Prediabetes is a health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Prediabetes is a result of your body not using or producing insulin the way it should.
Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy.
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)
The Worcester County Health Department provides Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) to all eligible Worcester County residents.
Eligibility includes the following: Must be a resident of Worcester County; have a diagnosis of Type I or Type 2 Diabetes; have a diagnosis of Kidney Disease and/or Post Kidney Transplants with the last 36 months. A referral from the primary care provider will be required.
This services provides nutrition therapy and counseling by a Registered/Maryland licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist for the purpose of disease management. MNT includes an in-depth individualized nutrition assessment utilizing evidence based nutrition protocol, the American Dietetic Association MNT Evidence-Based Guidelines for practice, and best available data to assure a comprehensive intervention.
The RD and client discuss and determine optimal goals, a workable care plan and appropriate interventions to develop and implement behavior and lifestyle changes as related to the nutrition problem and medical condition/disease.
The WCHD referral form should be completed and sent to the Registered/Licenses Dietitian. Contact with the client will be made by the RD to set up and appointment at a WCHD site . The client will be informed to bring their ID, insurance card, and referral form if the Primary Care Provided has provided one for them.
The initial MNT Session is 3 hours per calendar year in the first year. Follow up MNT is 2 hours per calendar year.
Lifestyle Balance Program
What is the Lifestyle Balance Program? It is a year-long nutrition and physical activity program, meets weekly for 16 weeks and then continues with 6-7 monthly follow-up sessions. The program is designed for those with pre-diabetes. Provides incentives, educational materials, and personalized coaching. Team taught by CDC Certified Lifestyle Coaches including healthy educators and registered dietitian. Delivered throughout Worcester County.
Snow Hill Health Center
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Take Diabetes to Heart
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