Health Promotion Council (HPC), a subsidiary of PHMC, is celebrating National Diabetes Prevention month by raising awareness and offering programs around prevention and self-management.

According to American Diabetes Association, every year an estimated 63,000 people in Pennsylvania are diagnosed with diabetes. An estimated 325,000 in the state have diabetes but do not know it, and more than three million have prediabetes.

HPC offers the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) that teaches participants about healthy choices and lifestyle changes like diet and exercise habits to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) is a program that teaches skills to participants with diabetes on how to manage their type 2 diabetes with the support of trained health educators as well as peers.

If you are at risk for diabetes or have already received a diagnosis, there are actions you can take. Take the risk assessment here to find out if you or someone in your family is at a risk for diabetes. Contact Susanne Trexler at Health Promotion Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about how to assess your risk, delay or prevent the onset of diabetes, or manage and prevent potential negative outcomes related to a diabetes diagnosis.