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Lake County Cooperative Extension offers two educational series on diabetes prevention

RELEASE DATE: March 26, 2009

TAVARES — The Lake County Cooperative Extension is offering two educational series of “Small Steps/Big Rewards Diabetes Prevention” on April 2, 9 & 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and April 27, May 4 & 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.

The three-part series will explain Type 2 diabetes, discuss risks and symptoms as well as provide small steps to help participants reduce their risk for the disease. 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. People with pre-diabetes have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

“Studies show that people at high risk for the disease can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes by making modest lifestyle changes, such as losing a small amount of weight by following a low-fat, low-calorie meal plan and getting 30 minutes of physical activity five times per week,” said Julie England, a Lake County extension agent who will be presenting the diabetes prevention programs.

In 2007, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 24 million Americans had diabetes. The CDC estimated that another 57 million people have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts people at increased risk for diabetes. In addition, the Florida Department of Health estimated in 2007 that more than 12 percent of Lake County residents have been diagnosed with diabetes.

Pre-registration is required for both series. To register, call Rene Bass at (352) 343-4101 or e-mail rcbass@ufl.edu. “Small Steps/Big Rewards Diabetes Prevention” is a diabetes prevention plan developed by the National Diabetes Education Programs.

The Lake County Cooperative Extension is a partnership between the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, and the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information, and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations.

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