Diabetes Prevention Program

Justin Johnson has blood drawn by Lynne Depsis of Indian Health Service. Deosis tested Jhnson's blood sugar and also checked his blood pressure as part of the Diabetes Prevention Program health fair.

Justin Johnson has blood drawn by Lynne Depsis of Indian Health Service. Deosis tested Jhnson's blood sugar and also checked his blood pressure as part of the Diabetes Prevention Program health fair. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Carl Watts and Tishina Smith looked at brochures as Isaac Watts observed the people in the room during the Diabetes Prevention Program, conducted in the Tonto Apache Tribe Administration building.

The latest Diabetes Prevention Program by the Tonto Apache tribe was held August 16th 2012, was the first official health fair.

The goal of this event was to collect health assessments on each individual from the community such as, blood pressure check, blood sugar check, A1C testing, body measurements/weight/height/BMI, nutritional consultations, kidney/dialysis prevention education, medication assessments, and Fitness assessments.

In order to start this new program Cassandra Stouder, the programs' coordinator needed collect, measure and create a “starting” point with all the assessments.

This process will help measure if the people are making progress throughout the FY 2012 Grant period which ends in May 2013. More assessments are planned throughout the year. Stouder has created and put into place a weekly schedule of activities, events, and educational classes to keep the people interested and motivated to make good positive healthy changes.

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Tina Samm of Indian Health Service, fills out a client's form measuring body composition.

Members of the tribe are responding well to Stouder as their Health Leader and she is excited to share all the great things about this program.

A government grant awarded to the Tonto Apache Tribe that funds a Diabetes Prevention Program for the tribe.

Stouder coordinates all the necessary health and wellness opportunities and promotes as well as educating the small Tonto Apache community members. A large percentage of people are pre-diabetic and diabetic.

This program is designed to work with non-diabetic, pre, and diabetic clientele, and is open to all TAT community members.

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