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Make a Change to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

One in three American adults has prediabetes. Without weight loss or moderate physical activity, many of them develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. But YOU can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Searcy, Ark. –

The White County Extension Service will be offering a Diabetes Prevention Program this fall.  Classes start August 18, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Duke Medical Clinic, 705 Santa Fe Drive in Searcy.  Classes will meet each week through December 8, 2020.

The CDC estimates that more than 79 million Americans age 20 years and older have prediabetes.  Without intervention, 15 to 30 percent of these men and women will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.  But that doesn’t have to happen to YOU.  This program brings to White County an effective lifestyle change program proven to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. 

Participants at high risk for type 2 diabetes will meet with a trained Lifestyle Coach (Katie Cullum, County Extension Agent – Family & Consumer Sciences) for 16 weeks and 6 bi-monthly/monthly follow-up sessions to learn ways to incorporate healthier eating and moderate physical activity into their daily lives.  Participants work with the Lifestyle Coach and the group to identify and overcome barriers to making sustainable lifestyle changes. 

In order to qualify for the program, participants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be overweight (BMI of 24 or above)
  • Have established risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes
  • OR
  • Be diagnosed with prediabetes within the past year or previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) while pregnant. 

“This program is not a weight loss program; it is a lifestyle program.  Going on a diet is not the treatment for diabetes or prediabetes - a lifestyle change is the treatment,” said a previous program participant.  The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact Katie Cullum at the White County Extension Office – 501-268-5394 or kcullum@uaex.edu as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 

To learn more about changing your lifestyle, you can also follow Katie on Facebook @ uaex white county fcs.

By Katie Cullum
County Extension Agent - FCS
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Katie Cullum
County Extension Agent - FCS
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
2400 Old Searcy Landing Road Searcy AR 72143
(501) 268-5394
kcullum@uaex.edu

 

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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