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NEED Pre-Diabetes Medical Fitness Program

Baptist Health Louisville and the Wellness Center have launched a pre-diabetes medical fitness program dubbed NEED – Nutrition, Exercise and Education to Deter Diabetes. Physician referral is required to join.

The goal of NEED is to delay or prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes for those already diagnosed with metabolic syndrome which is characterized by extra weight around the waistline.

Participants will first consult with a certified personal trainer from the Wellness Center on their medical and fitness history including strength and cardiovascular assessment, and body composition.

Losing as little as 5 percent of your total body fat, by incorporating a highly individualized physical activity program, will help you decrease your risk of diabetes.

The NEED program begins with a class on nutrition, led by a certified diabetes dietitian. Next, participants will begin their semi-private personal training sessions twice a week, selecting the most convenient times for their workouts.

The four-week program includes the personal training time at the Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center, 750 Cypress Station Drive. (Call for costs. Insurance may pay for some portions of the program.) Required physician referral may be faxed to the Diabetes Management Program at (502) 259-3658. The referring physician will receive information on the initial consultation and ongoing progress.

Wellness Center members receive a 25 percent discount on the training sessions. You do not have to be a Wellness Center member to participate.

For more information, call the Baptist Health Information Center at (502) 897-8131 or email For referral forms, call Maria Barnard at 896-3900, ext. 115 or Ronda Merryman-Valiyi at 897-8831.