Officials and survivors in Helena celebrated a decade-long battle to fight diabetes in the Treasure State. The program helps people at risk for Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and more.
The program is called Inch by Inch and its an intense lifestyle change strategy. Since 2008, its helped more than 9,000 Montanans.
A trained lifestyle coach instructs participants on what to eat, how to exercise and how to change their lifestyles. Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney emphasized how Montanans should continue fighting the disease.
“Diabetes continues to be a big problem, but we are addressing it. And people are really coming forward. And it’s helping Montanans. Its helping Montanans health, its helping our economy, so its all around a very good program,” said Cooney.
The program reduces the risk for developing diabetes by 58 percent. More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, but Cooney says programs like this have helped those numbers decline.