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

RELEASE DATE: January 11, 2012

TAVARES — The Lake County Extension is offering a three-part educational series entitled, “Small Steps, Big Rewards” on Thursdays beginning Jan. 19 through Feb. 2, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.

The series will explain what diabetes is, along with the symptoms and risks.  Participants will also learn small steps that can be taken to help improve their health, as well as how better nutrition and moderate physical activity can improve how you feel and reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

There is a $5 fee for program materials and supplies. Pre-registration is required and must be received by Tuesday, Jan. 17. Participants should plan on attending all three days.

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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., and can contribute towards heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-limb amputations and blindness. An estimated 35 percent of adults aged 20 years or older, and 50 percent of adults aged 65 years or older in the U.S. has pre-diabetes.The Florida Department of Health reports that more than 13 percent 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 ext. 2721, or email rcbass@ufl.edu.



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Rene Bass
352) 343-4101 ext. 2719 or ext. 2721

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