Marion County residents can take advantage of prediabetes program





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Adults living in Marion County who are overweight and diagnosed with prediabetes can take advantage of a program proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. National Diabetes Prevention Program classes are offered by Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Service in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. on Aug. 4 at Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Service, 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a community-based program consisting of 16 weekly classes followed by an additional six monthly meetings for continued success and accountability. Trained professionals will educate and encourage pre-screened participants on losing weight and staying physically active to help prevent diabetes. This program has enabled participants to lower their risk of diabetes by more than 50 percent and lose 5-7 percent of their total body weight.

The program helps residents understand how diabetes affects their health. They will learn about nutrition and meal planning, staying physical activity, how to shop and cook healthy, coping with stress, developing a support network, and more. If you have prediabetes, now is the time to take charge of your health and make a lifestyle change.

The deadline for registration is July 28 and class space is limited. For eligibility requirements and to register, contact Extension Agent Nancy Gal at 352-671-8400 or nancy.gal@marioncountyfl.org. For a flier and class schedule, visit www.marioncountyfl.org/extensionservice.