CAMBRIDGE -- To help individuals meet their healthy weight loss and exercise goals, Southeastern Med will offer another session of the Group Lifestyle Balance/ (GLB) program beginning May 2. The Group Lifestyle Balance Program is an evidence-supported adaptation of the original NIH/NIDDK-supported Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). In order to better serve the growing needs of the community, we are pleased to now offer a session in Noble County.

GLB is a diabetes prevention and education program created to provide a fun and supportive way to learn how to eat healthy and increase physical activity for a lifetime. Each GLB class offered by Southeastern Med is led by a health care professional who is highly trained and educated on proper nutrition and weight loss. The goals for each GLB participant are to achieve and maintain a weight loss of 7 percent, and to safely and gradually increase to 150 minutes per week of moderately intense physical activity similar to a brisk walk.

"We are excited to be able to help more people in our service area regain and/or maintain their overall wellness," said Shelly Thompson, MS, RD/LD, director of Wellness Resources at Southeastern Med. "Many people find fad diets impossible to stay on for a lengthy period of time. Group Lifestyle Balance offers a positive change in lifestyle, where permanent weight loss and maintenance is a result of enjoyable exercise and diet. By balancing food intake and exercise, you can achieve your ideal weight."

In order to make a long term change, you should make gradual yet realistic changes that you can maintain for the rest of your life. This includes setting reasonable goals and establishing a plan that fits into your lifestyle.

The new sessions of GLB will be held weekly on Mondays at 4 p.m. starting May 2 at the Noble County Health Department.°Throughout the course, participants will receive a binder with class materials, a Calorie King and Carbohydrate Counter book, and a pedometer, an exerband, as well as pre, mid-point and post blood work.

The group schedule includes 22 sessions during a 12 month period of time. The initial 12 sessions are held weekly with the remaining sessions gradually fading from weekly, to bi-weekly, to finally monthly.

To be eligible for the program, participants must have one the following conditions:

/ High blood pressure;

/ Pre-diabetes or history of gestational diabetes;

/ High cholesterol or triglycerides; or

/ Overweight with a body mass index (BMI) above or equal to 25.

The fee for the class is $40. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. GLB is an education and support program, and all physical activity goals will be completed outside of class. For information about the class or to register, call 740-435-2946. Registration is being accepted until April 27.

For information about Southeastern Med or the Wellness Resources Department, visit www.seormc.org.