Niagara County Department of Health Offers Free Diabetes Prevention Program Workshops

The Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division in collaboration with the Niagara County Office for the Aging is offering a free Diabetes Prevention Program starting on Wednesday, July 12 at the Community Health Center of Niagara Falls (2715 Highland Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY 14301) from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is a 16-week program for people who are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Classes are scheduled in 16 consecutive weekly sessions, then once a month for 6 – 8 months. Program participants will learn the skills they need to make lasting changes in health behaviors such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.

People with pre-diabetes, (those with a higher than normal fasting blood glucose (sugar), of 100-125 mg/dl) are 5 – 15 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. Many people with pre-diabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within 3 years if they do not take steps to prevent it. This program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of Type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes.

If your doctor has told you that you are pre-diabetic, or you have one or more of the following risk factors for Type 2 diabetes, call the Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division at (716) 278-1900 to register for a workshop. Risk factors for diabetes include ahistory of one or more of the following:

Gestational diabetes

Giving birth to an infant weighing 9 pounds or greater

Being overweight with a body mass index of 24 or greater

Family member with diabetes

If your group or organization is interested in scheduling a free Diabetes Prevention Program, a Diabetes Self-Management Workshop or a Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop, call the Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division at (716) 278-1900.