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Johnson County Healthcare Center offers Patient Education. Karen Sullivan, RN, offers teaching on a variety of subjects to help patients better care for their health. Patient Education and Counseling are a way for patients to explore and gain an understanding of what they need to do to stay healthy. Karen works with patients individually, in concert with their doctor, to set up an individual health education program.

Karen is a certified Diabetic Counselor and works individually with patients who are new diabetics or have had the disease for a long time.  She is able to help with insulin, understanding the physiology of diabetes, and counsels people on a healthy diet and exercise programs that enhance health with diabetes.  Karen works directly with people and their physicians to achieve the best outcome.

JCHC Offers Prevent T2 Program

Live Longer and Improve Your Health with a Lifestyle Coach!

JCHC is offering a new program that will help you lose weight, have less stress and cut your risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half!

The Prevent T2 program starts in September. Prevent T2 is a proven program geared to help you overcome the barriers that have kept you from losing weight.

Lifestyle Coaching

You will work with a trained lifestyle coach who will guide and encourage you along your journey. You will learn the skills you need to accomplish your goals.

Absolutely! I Want To Join In!

To begin the journey with your new coach, you must be referred by your doctor and have prediabetes. One out of three American adults has prediabetes, and most of us do not know it.

Having prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. This raises your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

A Year Of Support

Real, lasting life change does not come quickly. That is why our coaches are willing to go the distance with you. With this program, you receive a year of support and guidance.

What Is The Cost?

A program like this should cost a lot, but with a monetary grant,* JCHC is able to offer this program at virtually no cost to you!  You do have to pay 25$ at first, and once again at the six-month mark, but when you complete the program, your money is refunded.

How Do I Join?

There are a limited number of spots in this program, to allow our coaches to connect with each participant, so we suggest you sign up soon before the spots fill up.

To sign up, and to get more questions answered, call Julia at 684-6320.

You will not regret getting involved in the Prevent T2 program!


Beginning Date: Sept 10, 2019
 Time: 4 – 5 pm
 Place: Lake Angeline Meeting Room at JCHC
 Call: 684-6320 for more information or to sign up

*The Wyoming Department Of Health Chronic Disease Prevention Program awarded the grant to JCHC

What Is Type 2 Diabetes?

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. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

What Is Prediabetes?

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 can develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

Am I at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?

You are at increased risk for developing 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 three times per week; or
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 lbs

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.

Can I Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

Yes! Hearing your doctor say, “You’re at risk for type 2 diabetes,” or “You have prediabetes,” means that you can start preventing type 2 diabetes today. And you do not have to do it alone. Finding the PreventT2 program was your first step on that journey. If you have prediabetes, now is the time for prevention. JCHC's PreventT2 lifestyle change program can help you take charge of your health to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

What is the PreventT2 Lifestyle Change Program?

PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes.

What Is the Benefit of Being Part of a PreventT2 Program?

As part of a PreventT2 group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

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.

What Is the Format of the PreventT2 Program?

PreventT2 groups meet for a year — weekly for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. During each session, your lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion.

For example, you will learn to:

  • Eat healthy
  • Add physical activity to your life
  • Manage stress
  • Stay on track when eating out
  • Understand and respond to your food cues
  • Stay motivated
  • Solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes

For more information about the PreventT2 Curriculum, go to program/curriculum.html.

Where Can I Participate in a PreventT2 Program?

The PreventT2 program can help people with prediabetes cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes  in half. The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight — that is 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds. These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes  by 58 percent in people with prediabetes.


“Could You Have Prediabetes?” Online Quiz: This simple, seven-question quiz assesses if a person is at risk for having prediabetes. You can view and download the quiz to your website at

“A Change for Life” Video: In this video, experts and people with prediabetes talk about how type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by making lifestyle changes that include weight loss and increased physical activity. People with prediabetes discuss how group lifestyle change classes helped them learn and keep healthy habits. You can view and download the video at

PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).]

Meet Our Diabetic Educator

Karen Sullivan, RN, has been teaching patients about health and wellness for many years.  She specializes in helping those with diabetes. Diabetic patients are encouraged to join Karen at the diabetes Support Group.  The group meets at the Senior Center.  Call Karen at 684-6139 for more information.

Some Handy Links to Diabetic Education Sites:

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