A year-long program designed to help individuals lose weight and lower their risk for developing Type 2 diabetes will be offered in Palmer, beginning August 8, 2019.
Melissa Clampitt, a program assistant with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, has been trained to lead the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The class will focus on making gradual changes in exercise, diet and stress management that have been shown to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes
Classes will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center and will continue until August 25, 2020.
The program was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Pittsburgh. Individuals at risk for Type 2 diabetes include those who are overweight, have a diagnosis of prediabetes or have had gestational diabetes. According to the CDC, one out of three American adults is prediabetic — and one in 10 has diabetes. The American Diabetes Association provides an online prediabetes risk test at http://bit.ly/2CpS7hy.
The class fee is $240, and seniors ages 60 or older get a $40 discount. Those who complete the program will receive an $80 refund. Contact Clampitt at 907-745-3551 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss whether this is the right program for you prior to registration. Classes will meet in Room 208 of Kerttula Hall. The farm is located at 1509 S. Georgeson Drive.