Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy habits are focus of Northern Dutchess Hospital’s Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes prevention program offered in Rhinebeck, weight loss and nutrition tips


Learn how to fight sugar cravings, exercise when your motivation is low and adopt important lifestyle changes with Northern Dutchess Hospital’s Diabetes Prevention Program.


The next session kicks off Monday, April 4, either virtually or on the hospital’s Rhinebeck campus, 6511 Springbrook Ave., depending on COVID-19 guidelines.


In these hour-long group sessions, nutrition counselor Roufia Payman and exercise trainer Marie Monroe coach adults who are overweight, not exercising enough or eating well. Participants learn how to eat better foods and incorporate more movement into their day.


The information taught in this nationally developed program has 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 (CDC).


Two class times are offered in Rhinebeck — either 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. Participants attend for 16 consecutive Mondays and monthly follow-ups for a year to help them from falling back into old habits.


There is no cost to participate in this community benefit program, which was recently granted “Full Plus Recognition” by the CDC for continued good outcomes.


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