Pre-diabetes affects more than 79 million American adults. Most don’t even know they’re at risk. According to Chris Koehler, WSU Extension Educator in Grays Harbor County, people with prediabetes often do not experience any symptoms.
Washington State University Extension is offering the national Diabetes Prevention Program, a life style change program designed to help people lose weight and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. It is effective in helping people lose a modest amount of weight and increase physical activity needed to delay diabetes.
The Diabetes Prevention Program is a 16-week series, followed by monthly meetings to help participants maintain their lifestyle changes. Three- and 10-year follow-up studies have shown those who participate continue to delay the development of diabetes.
The class series will be held in two locations: Tuesdays, starting Feb. 18, at the East Campus of Grays Harbor Community Hospital from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. or Wednesdays, starting Feb. 19, at the WSU Extension Office at the County Fairgrounds from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Preregistration is required. This is a $380 value, but you may be able to enroll at no cost if you have pre-diabetes. To determine your risk/eligibility, to register for the program, or for more information call Chris Koehler at 360-482-2934 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.