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WSU Extension offers diabetes class

Prediabetes affects more than 79 million American adults. Most don’t even know they’re at risk. According to Chris Koehler, WSU Extension Educator in Grays Harbor County, people with prediabetes often do not experience any symptoms.

Washington State University Extension is offering the national Diabetes Prevention Program, a lifestyle-change program designed to help you and others in our community lose weight and reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes. It is effective in helping people lose a modest amount of weight and increase physical activity needed to delay diabetes.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a 16-week class series, followed by monthly meetings to help participants maintain their lifestyle changes. Three- and 10-year followup studies have shown those who participated continue to delay the development of diabetes.

The class series will be offered Mondays, starting June 9, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the community room at the Montesano Timberland Library.

Preregistration is required. This is a $380 value, but you may be able to enroll at no cost to you if you have prediabetes. To determine your risk/eligibility, to register for the program, or for more information call Chris Koehler at (360) 482-2934 or email at koehler@wsu.edu. This class is only for those with prediabetes symptoms, not those already diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Requests for reasonable accommodation need to be made two weeks prior to the program. Please make all requests to the WSU Extension Office at (360) 482-2934.