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Diabetes education

Haywood County Health and Human Services will start diabetes education classes on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) promotes lifestyle changes to prevent type 2 diabetes through a series of 24 one-hour group classes.

The program will be taught by a trained health educator/lifestyle coach recognized by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Clinicians may refer patients who are either at increased risk, or who have been diagnosed with pre‐diabetes.

The rate of diabetes in North Carolina has almost doubled over the last 20 years, attributing to diabetes as the seventh leading cause of death in the state.

Complications from diabetes can lead to serious health issues, including cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, glaucoma and vision loss, amputation and more.

Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being over the age of 45, overweight or obese and physically inactive. Lifestyle changes, including eating healthier and being more physically active, can greatly reduce the risk of the disease developing.

DPP is a fun, yearlong program that provides participants the information and tools needed to maintain a healthy weight, prepare and eat healthy meals and be more physically active. It also connects participants facing similar challenges to help with support that overall increases the chances of success.

DDP classes are free due to a grant administered by NC State University. Instruction will be held using a virtual format and include incentives such as food scales, resistance bands and cookbooks.

For more information, call Megan Hauser at 356-2272.

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