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Diabetes Prevention Program

Y to tackle diabetes - the seventh leading cause of death in the United States

We are now forming classes for the first session of a Diabetes Prevention Program, an innovative program proven to reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes. This program helps people with prediabetes eat healthier, increase their physical activity, and lose weight, which can delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a group-based lifestyle intervention for adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of diabetes by 58 percent overall and by 71 percent in adults over 60. The first session is now forming, with an evening class session to run Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and a daytime class on Tuesdays 8:30 to 10 a.mm. starting September 12, 2016.

The session is FREE, but pre-registration is required by calling 570-421-2525.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, and other national organizations committed to preventing chronic disease.

The following are requirements to participate:

* Must be 18 years of age or older and have a BMI of ≥ 24 kg/m2

* A recent (within the last year) documented blood based diagnostic test indicating prediabetes or a history of gestational diabetes or screen positive for prediabetes based on the CDC Prediabetes Screening Test (available online at the CDC website)

Referral by a healthcare professional is not a requirement

 For more information about this program contact Nilsa Bensing, DPP Facilitator at nobensing@gmail.com.