TAVARES — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is offering a three-part educational series on diabetes prevention entitled, “Small Steps, Big Rewards.” The classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays beginning Oct. 3 through Oct. 17 at the Lake County Extension Office, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.
The series will explain what diabetes is, along with the disease’s associated symptoms and risks. Participants will also learn small steps they can take to help improve their health, as well as hear how better nutrition and moderate physical activity can reduce their risk of developing the disease.
“Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and a major contributor to heart disease, strokes, blindness and kidney failure,” said Julie England, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent at the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County. “We’re hoping that those in attendance will learn what steps to take in order to create a personal plan to improve their health.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 35 percent of adults in the United States aged 20 years or older, and 50 percent of adults aged 65 or older, have pre-diabetes.
The Florida Department of Health estimates that over 13 percent of Lake County residents have been diagnosed with diabetes.
“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,” said England.
Participants should plan on attending all three classes. There is a $10 fee for program materials and supplies. Pre-registration is required and must be received by Tuesday, Oct. 1.
For more information about the series, or to register, visit http://octprevention.eventbrite.com or call 352-343-4101 extension 2719 or 2721.
The UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County provides research-based information and educational programs cooperatively with the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and the University of Florida for all aspects of horticulture, agriculture, food safety, the home environment, financial management and 4-H youth programs.
The mission of the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The Extension provides free consultations, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects. The foundation for the Gator Nation – An Equal Opportunity Institute.