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Niagara County Department of Health offers free diabetes prevention program workshops

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Mon, Jan 30th 2017 11:20 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 starting on Friday, Feb. 17. The 16-week program runs from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the John Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls. It is for people who are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

Classes are scheduled in 16 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 that you are pre-diabetic or you have one or more of the following risk factors for Type 2 diabetes, call the Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division at 716-278-1900 to register for a workshop. Risk factors for diabetes include a history of one or more of the following:

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Giving birth to an infant weighing 9 pounds or greater
  • Being overweight with a body mass index of 24 or greater
  • Family member with diabetes

Groups and organizations interested in scheduling a free diabetes prevention program, a diabetes self-management workshop or a chronic disease self-management workshop, can call the Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division at 716-278-1900.

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