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Niagara County Department of Health offers free diabetes prevention program workshops

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Sat, Apr 2nd 2016 07:00 am

The Niagara County Department of Health nursing division, in collaboration with the Niagara County Office for the Aging, is offering a free diabetes prevention program scheduled to begin Friday, April 15, at the Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Sessions run from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

This is a 16-week program for people who are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Classes consist of consecutive weekly sessions, then once a month for six to eight months. Program participants will learn the skills they need to make lasting changes in health behaviors, such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.

People with pre-diabetes (those with a higher-than-normal fasting blood glucose - sugar - of 100-125 mg/dl) are five to 15 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. Many people with pre-diabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within three years if they do not take steps to prevent it. This program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of Type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes.

If your doctor has told you you're pre-diabetic, or you have one or more of the following risk factors for Type 2 diabetes (having a history of gestational diabetes, giving birth to an infant weighing 9 pounds or greater, being overweight with a body mass index of 24 or greater, or having a family member with diabetes), call the Niagara County Department of Health nursing division at 716-278-1900 to register for a workshop.

If your group or organization is interested in scheduling a free diabetes prevention program, a diabetes self-management workshop or a chronic disease self-management workshop, call the Niagara County Department of Health nursing division at 716-278-1900.

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