Project 24, a lifestyle change program centered on the idea that 24 hours can change a person’s life, helps at‐risk individuals reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes through a series of 24 one‐hour group classes.
Combining classes with individual sessions with a trained lifestyle coach, Project 24 gives participants the information and tools necessary to maintain a healthy weight, prepare simple and healthy meals, and find time to be physically active.
Project 24 classes are underway at Haywood County Health and Human Services on Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Interested participants are encouraged to join.
“We are pleased to offer a program that has been proven to work among local residents,” says Megan Hauser, coordinator Healthy Haywood Coordinator. “A past participant shared that Project 24 has ‘helped me with my weight loss goal….and my blood work has improved so much that no medications are needed at this time.’”
The rates of diabetes in North Carolina have almost doubled over the last 20 years, and type 2 diabetes is now the seventh leading cause of death in North Carolina. Complications from diabetes can lead to other health issues, including cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, glaucoma and loss of vision, amputation of limbs and more.
Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being over the age of 45, being overweight or obese, and being physically inactive. Lifestyle changes can impact these risk factors and greatly reduce the likelihood of the disease developing.
Initially, Project 24 will meet weekly on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. Once the core curriculum has been presented, classes will be bi‐monthly, then monthly.
Project 24 classes are taught by Haywood County Health and Human Services, and are sponsored by MountainWise with Obesity, Diabetes, Heart disease, and Stroke Prevention funding from the State of North Carolina.
Anyone interested in participating in Project 24 can contact Hauser at 828‐356‐2272. Clinicians also are welcome to refer patients who are either at-risk or have been diagnosed with pre‐diabetes to join Project 24.