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).
Eligibility includes the following: Must be a resident of Worcester County; have a diagnosis of Type I or Type 2 Diabetes; or have a diagnosis of Chronic Kidney Disease (non-dialysis) and/or Post Kidney Transplants within the last 36 months. Children with a diagnosis of pediatric obesity may also be eligible. A referral from the primary care provider is required.
This service provides nutrition therapy and counseling by a Maryland Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) for the purpose of disease management. MNT includes an in-depth individualized nutrition assessment utilizing evidence-based nutrition protocols, the American Dietetic Association MNT Evidence-Based Guidelines for practice, and best available data to assure a comprehensive intervention.
The LDN and client discuss and determine optimal health goals, a workable care plan and appropriate interventions to develop and implement behavior and lifestyle changes related to the nutrition problem and medical condition/disease.
The WCHD referral form should be completed and sent to the Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist. Contact with the client will be made by the LDN to set up an appointment at a WCHD site . The client must bring their ID, insurance card, and referral form with diagnostic codes from their primary care provider.
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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