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UF/IFAS presents series on diabetes prevention

RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2015

TAVARES — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is encouraging residents take steps towards a healthier future by reducing their risk for diabetes. 

Julie England, extension agent, will present the four-part series, “Small Steps, Big Rewards: Diabetes Prevention” at locations in Tavares and Lady Lake. The series aims to help people diagnosed with prediabetes to create a personal action plan to reduce their risk of developing diabetes. Topics include how the condition affects health, nutrition for overall health, planning healthy meals, reading nutrition labels, portion sizes and more. Participants should plan to attend all four sessions. There is a $10 materials fee for the series. 

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one of every three of adults in the United States has prediabetes,” said England. “Prediabetes is a serious health condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Without lifestyle changes to improve health, 15 to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within five years.”

Lady Lake Public Library


Lake County Agricultural Center


225 W. Guava St., Lady Lake


1951 Woodlea Rd., Tavares


Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2


Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 1, 8


1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


10 a.m. - noon


Registration is required by Sept. 9


Registration is required by Sept. 15






For more information on the series, to register by phone, or if would like to attend but are unable to pay the materials fee, call 352-343-4101 ext. 2719 or 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 service provides free consultations, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects. The Foundation for the Gator Nation - An Equal Opportunity Institute.


Lake County media contact:
Elisha Pappacoda
Public Information Officer
Office: 352-343-9609; Cell: 352-460-2851

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