The Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division is offering a free Diabetes Prevention Program at the Trott Access Building, 1001 11th Street, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 14301.

The program will begin on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Classes consist of 16 consecutive weekly sessions, then once a month for 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. Classes run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Program participants will learn the skills they need to make lasting changes, 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 5 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 3 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 and you would like to register for the class, call the Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division at (716) 278-1900

If your group or organization is interested in scheduling a free Diabetes Prevention Program, a Diabetes Self-Management Workshop or a Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop, call the Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division at (716) 278-1900.

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