Free class on how to prevent diabetes set for Thursday, Aug. 7, at UT Health Science Center at Tyler

Monday, July 28, 2008

If you’re overweight or have a family history of diabetes, you could be at risk for developing the serious chronic disease.

Learn how to lower your risk by attending a free “Prevent Diabetes!” class to be held from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, in Hudnall Auditorium on The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler campus, 11937 U.S. Highway 271 in Tyler.

“The purpose of this class is to teach people how to prevent diabetes by following a healthy lifestyle. We teach you how to incorporate healthy eating, weight control, and regular physical activity into your lifestyle,” said UTHSCT dietitian Karla Wallace.

She is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator and oversees UTHSCT’s diabetes education programs.

The class is for people who have been told they have “pre-diabetes” or “borderline diabetes,” and for those who may be at risk because of a family history of diabetes or because they are overweight.

According to the American Diabetes Association, the recent Diabetes Prevention Program study showed that people with pre-diabetes can prevent the development of type 2 diabetes by making changes in their diet and increasing their physical activity.

Pre-registration for this free class is recommended, and the deadline to register is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5. Refreshments will be provided.

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