TAVARES – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County will present “Small Steps, Big Rewards Diabetes Prevention Series” from 10 a.m. – noon on the following Fridays: Jan. 23, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6.
The classes, which will be taught by Julie England, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent II, will take place at the Lake County Agricultural Center located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.
“It is vitally important for long term health to take steps to reduce the risk of developing diabetes,” said England. “The diabetes prevention series will help people improve their health and reduce their risk of developing the disease by taking steps to increase their physical activity, improve overall nutrition and lose a moderate amount of weight if needed.”
Prediabetes is a condition that occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 - 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.
More than 13 percent of Lake County adults have been diagnosed with diabetes and a recent report by the American Diabetes Association states that nearly 39 percent of Floridians have prediabetes. People with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation of toes, feet or legs, and premature death. These complications may begin during prediabetes as well.
The course will encourage citizens to take charge of their health and reduce their risk of diabetes and its complications. Topics will include how diabetes affects health, risks and symptoms, improving nutrition, planning healthy meals, reading nutrition labels, portion sizes and adding more activity to your lifestyle.
Registration is required by logging on to https://preventdiabetes2015.eventbrite.com and costs $10. A spouse, partner or caregiver may attend free of charge.
For more information, or for those wishing to attend but are unable to pay the registration fee, contact Julie England at 352-343-4101 ext. 2721.
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.