Diabetes prevention at Marianas Health Services


The H.A.F.A Initiative at Marianas Health Services in San Jose is a diabetes prevention program that runs from Monday to Friday, 5:30pm-6:30pm, and Saturdays, 4:30-5:30pm over the course of nine months.

The classes provide guidance to people with pre-diabetes or high-risk of Type 2 Diabetes through health education, awareness, and fitness activities and with the objective of helping people develop lifestyle changes that will help lower their risk for diabetes. 

Currently, there are six classes with a total of 48 participants so far. 

“We encourage those who simply want to lower their risk of diabetes to join as well. The H.A.F.A Initiative is free and available for men and women 18 and older,” said Marianas Health Service via email.   

Marianas Health Services offers the only certified CDC evidence-based diabetes prevention lifestyle change program for the CNMI.    

The program is in collaboration with AAPCHO’s (Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations) Pacific Islander Diabetes Prevention Program (PI-DPP).  Marianas Health was selected by AAPCHO and became certified for the diabetes prevention program back in November 2019. The program was launched in March 2020 consisting of six classes totaling 119 participants. 

“All of our H.A.F.A. lifestyle coaches have been certified through online courses to provide quality education. Class sessions are for one hour within the first three months weekly, followed by every other week and once a month for the last three months. The sessions are tapered as participants build long-term habits that lead to a better lifestyle. Currently, online class sessions via zoom and face to face are being offered by our HAFA lifestyle coaches” said Marianas Health Service.  

Since February 2000, Marianas Health LLC, formerly known as Marianas Health Services Inc., has been the CNMI healthcare system’s partner in providing quality healthcare services at home as well as quality and professional healthcare support in the community.

If you have any questions or inquiries, feel free to contact Marianas Health Service at 233-4646 or email info@marianashealth.com  

Leigh Gases
Leigh Gases is the youngest reporter of Saipan Tribune and primarily covers community related news, but she also handles the utilities, education, municipal, and veterans beats. Contact Leigh at leigh_gases@saipantribune.com.

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