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Lake County Extension presents diabetes prevention programs

RELEASE DATE: July 23, 2009

TAVARES — The Lake County Extension Office is presenting four educational series of “Small Steps, Big Rewards Diabetes Prevention” on Aug. 5, 12 & 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Aug. 6, 13 & 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 13, 20 & 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Nov. 3, 10 & 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.

The three-part program will explain Type 2 diabetes, discuss risks and symptoms as well as provide small steps to help participants reduce their risk for the disease. Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects people of all ages and ethnicities. Complications from diabetes include amputations, kidney damage, blindness, heart disease and stroke. People with pre-diabetes have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

“Studies show that people at high risk for the disease can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes by making modest lifestyle changes, such as losing a small amount of weight by following a low-fat meal plan and getting 30 minutes of physical activity five times per week,” said Julie England, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent.

Pre-registration is required and the cost for program materials and supplies is $10. To register, call Rene Bass at (352) 343-4101 or e-mail rcbass@ufl.edu. “Small Steps, Big Rewards Diabetes Prevention” is a diabetes prevention plan developed by the National Diabetes Education Program.

The Lake County Cooperative Extension is a partnership between the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (IFAS), and the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. An equal opportunity institution, IFAS is authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations.

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