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The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging will be offering a new Diabetes Prevention Program for residents in February at the Boulder County offices. This national program developed by the Centers for Disease Control intends to empower participants with prediabetes get the support needed to learn how to make changes that will last.
More than 84.1 million people, or one out of three American adults, have prediabetes. In Boulder County, more than 65,000 people have prediabetes with 90% unaware of the condition. Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar is elevated, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes increases risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Prevention methods such as losing weight, adopting healthier eating habits, and becoming more active can reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes in half.
Register and attend the information class to learn more about the upcoming year-long program. Participants in the class regularly report weight loss, increased physical activity, and lowered glucose levels.
What: Diabetes Prevention Program
When: Wednesday, Feb. 26 from noon-1 p.m.
Where: Boulder County Learning and Development Room
3450 Broadway Street, Boulder
Program classes will begin on Wednesday, March 4 from noon-1 p.m. at the same location. Registration and a diagnosis of prediabetes are required. To find out about participation qualification, or for more information including directions, please contact Melissa Pruitt at 303-441-4583, or email infoHealthyAging@bouldercounty.org.