Healthy Lifestyle

Find your path to a healthy lifestyle with Northern Dutchess Hospital's Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes prevention program graduates stand with teachers Roufia Payman and Marie Monroe.


Many people have had their diets and healthy habits derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading countless numbers to put on the "quarantine 15.”

For adults at risk of type 2 diabetes, losing extra pounds can make a big difference in their overall health, said Roufia Payman, a nutrition counselor at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

The hospital’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, founded in 2014, may be able to help. Held in the spring and fall, the program is for adults age 45 and older, who are overweight, aren’t very active and have prediabetes.

“Everyone age 45 and older should get their blood sugar checked for a condition called prediabetes,” Payman said, who is also the program’s co-teacher. “A lot of adults have prediabetes and aren’t even aware of it.”

The next session starts Monday, Oct. 4, and may be held virtually or in the hospital’s cafeteria conference room at the hospital’s Rhinebeck campus, 6511 Springbrook Ave, depending on COVID-19 guidelines.

Two sessions are offered — either 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. — for 16 consecutive Mondays and bi-monthly follow-ups for a year. There is no cost to participate in this community benefit program.

The lifestyle changes implemented through this national program have proved to help participants lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight, thus cutting their risk of type 2 diabetes by 50 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Advanced registration is required. To find out more, contact the nutrition department at or (845) 871-3318 / TTY: (800) 421-1220.