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GESTATIONAL DIABETES

Introduction & Overview

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme covers a range of detailed information including nutrition, physical activity, stress management & weight management. We look at how to use this to make long-term changes to your lifestyle to reduce risk of repeated gestational diabetes, or lifelong type 2 diabetes in the future.

  • Delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams - you can access sessions in the comfort of your own home or out and about.

  • There are 15 sessions up to 45 minutes long, delivered over a 9-month duration.

  • The 9-month duration enables access to information plus both group and 1:1 support for a sustained period of time.

  • We are a relaxed group of mums, particularly flexible if you are caring for children whilst the sessions are taking place.

  • The personalised approach ensures you can focus on your own individual goals and priorities.

  • You will be sent a workbook in the post and emailed additional resources after each session.

An example of topics covered:

  • An overview of healthy eating - essential food groups & nutrients.

  • Healthy and unhealthy fats, sugar and the glycaemic index, and portion sizes.

  • Understanding food labels.

  • Physical activity.

  • Weight management.

  • Stress management and wider mental health.

  • Sleep.

  • Understanding triggers for different healthy and unhealthy behaviours.

  • The importance of small & consistent changes, realistic goals, and support from friends and family.

  • Overcoming barriers to making long-term changes to lifestyle, especially as a parent.

Meet the coaches

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ODELL

Odell has been delivering the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme since 2018 and as well as being your Gestational Diabetes Coach, she is the Training and Research Officer for Living Well Taking Control. A qualified Health Trainer with a BSc in Nutritional Therapy, Odell has particular interest in supporting long term behaviour change for improved physical and mental health. Mum to a four-year-old son, Odell knows only too well the challenges of juggling a busy lifestyle with sustaining healthy behaviours in all aspects of life – nutrition, movement, stress management and sleep.

Testimonials

“The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme has been an insightful and thoroughly useful experience for me. Accessing sessions on Microsoft Teams is a real benefit as it means I can join on my work lunch break and don't need to travel to get there. Odell makes everyone feel at ease and provides the information at a good pace. I have found the sessions on barriers and habits particularly helpful, enjoyed learning more about food groups, and understanding how all aspects of lifestyle impact my blood glucose level.”

Online referral form

Have you previously been diagnosed with
Gestational Diabetes?

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