Journey to Wellness
What is the Journey to Wellness program?
It is a free year-long lifestyle change program that will give you the tools you need to lose weight and become a healthier you. Learn how to reduce your risk of future health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.
Topics include: losing weight, healthy eating, becoming more physically active, managing stress and how to overcome barriers that stand in your way of making lasting changes.
Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles. Sign up today for a session.
What do I get from being on the program?
- A trained lifestyle coach to guide and encourage you
- Support from other participants with the same goals as you
- Skills you need to make lasting changes
- 16 weekly/bi-weekly sessions
- Six monthly follow-up sessions to help maintain lifestyle changes
- Classes are for adults 18 years of age or older
- A CDC approved curriculum
Tri-County Health Department’s Journey to Wellness program is now fully recognized by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
How do I register?
It’s easy to register, you can call 720-266-2971 or sign up for an open session in our activities section.
What do I need to bring to my first class?
Prediabetes is a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. One in three American adults has prediabetes, and most do not even know they have it. If you have prediabetes and do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity, you may develop type 2 diabetes within three years.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body can't use its own insulin as well as it should and sugar builds up in your blood.
Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet or legs.
You are at an increased risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:
- Are 45 years of age or older
- Are overweight
- Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
- Are physically active fewer than 3 times per week or
- Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes.