Spots available in pre-diabetes program

February 3, 2019 GMT

HUNTINGTON — Openings still are available in the National Diabetes Prevention Program, which is being offered locally by Marshall University’s Minority Health Institute in partnership with the Cabell-Huntington Health Department and Chertow Diabetes Center.

The program, which begins this week, caters towards individuals who do not have Type II Diabetes, but are at risk of acquiring the disease, which affects African Americans and minorities at a higher rate that non-minorities.

“You don’t have to feel helpless when diagnosed with prediabetes,” said Tracy Hawthorne, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with Marshall Health.

“Lifestyle changes to reduce weight and increase activity can turn things around.”

Two classes are to being offered — at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, 703 7th Ave., on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and at the Chertow Diabetes Center, 124915th St., on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m.

The first classes will take place this week on Monday,

Feb. 4, and Thursday, Feb. 7. There are still openings for both classes.

A kickoff event for the classes was held last week, offering those interested a look at healthy snacks and food prep as well as fitness activities like Zumba.

The prevention program includes lifestyle classes that aim to teach participants the skills they need so they can increase their activity level, lower their body weight and improve their food choices.

The National Diabetes Prevention program is a partnership of public and private organizations working to prevent or delay type II diabetes. The partners work to make it easier for people with pre-diabetes to participate in evidence-based, affordable, and high-quality lifestyle change programs to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and improve their overall health. For more details on the program, visit https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/.

For questions regarding the program or the Minority Health Institute and its initiatives, contact LaDawna Walker at walker70@marshall.edu or call 304-696-4022.