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Who: To be eligible, participants may be at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if they answer yes to a few of the following questions:

  • I am 45 years of age or older.
  • I am overweight.
  • I have a parent with diabetes.
  • I have a sister or brother with diabetes.
  • My family background is African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander.
  • I had diabetes while I was pregnant (gestational diabetes), or I gave birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more.
  • I am physically active less than three times a week
  • This workshop is NOT for those with diabetes.

What: The National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes. It is based on the Diabetes Prevention Program research study led by the National Institutes of Health and supported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why: The lifestyle program shows that making modest behavior changes, such as improving food choices and increasing physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week, results in participants losing 5% to 7% of their body weight. These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people at high risk for diabetes. People with prediabetes are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke.

When: A free information session will be held on Jan. 16, 2018 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Sixteen sessions will be held on Tuesdays through June 12, then once a month for 6 months, ending by Dec. 11, 2018. Participants work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting.

Where: Memorial Diabetes & Nutritional Counseling Center, 802 W. King St., Owosso, MI 48867

Cost: The cost is $50. The actual cost of the National Diabetes Prevention Program is $450, but with the support of Michigan State University Extension and Memorial Healthcare Center, the cost of this workshop is reduced to $50 per person. Financial assistance is available upon request.

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Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information, please contact the Memorial Diabetes & Nutritional Counseling Center, 989-729-4712 or Cathy Newkirk, MSU Extension educator, 810-244-8523,