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Lake County Extension offers three-part educational series on diabetes prevention

RELEASE DATE: January 14, 2011

TAVARES — The Lake County Extension is offering a three-part educational series entitled, “Small Steps, Big Rewards” on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 25. through Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.

The series, which is a diabetes prevention plan developed by the National Diabetes Education Program, will be presented by Julie England, an extension agent with University of Florida/Lake County Extension (UF/IFAS).

There is a $10 fee for program materials and supplies. Pre-registration is required and must be received by Monday, Jan. 24. Participants should plan on attending all three presentations.

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.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 24 million Americans have diabetes and another 57 million have pre-diabetes. The CDC goes on to state that on average, people with diabetes will lose 10–15 years of life. If current trends continue, one in three Americans will develop diabetes sometime in their lifetime. In 2009 the Florida Department of Health estimated that almost 13% of Lake County residents have been diagnosed with diabetes.

For more information about the series, or to register to attend, contact Rene Bass at (352) 343-4101 ext. 2719 or e-mail rcbass@ufl.edu.

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klafollette@lakecountyfl.gov

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