Cooperative offering pre-diabetic program in 2018

FRONT ROYAL – Rebecca Davis, a family and consumer sciences nutritionist, will be teaching a yearlong program starting Jan. 25 for pre-diabetic individuals looking to make a lifestyle change.

Davis said the class, Prevent T2 Diabetes Prevention Program, is a statewide initiative with the Virginia Cooperative Extension.

“A lot of educators around Virginia are participating in this program because diabetes has become a national epidemic,” she noted.

Davis said that an estimated one-third of Americans are pre-diabetic and that it’s becoming quite the focus for educators.

“That’s a lot of people,” Davis said. “Our target audience are individuals who have been told by their doctors that they fall into risk factors that include over 45, not active, overweight and gestational diabetes while pregnant.

The yearlong program, in partnership with the Warren County Health Department, will provide an opportunity for individuals to learn how to make lifestyle changes in their diet and increase physical activity. Participants will receive a cookbook, weekly recipes and food samples, physical activity and food diaries, and other incentive items to help stay motivated and on the right track.

She noted that their goal is for each person in the program to lose 5 to 7 pounds by the end of the year.  “That way everyone wins,” she added.

The program begins at noon Jan. 25 and will meet at the Warren County Government Center, 220 North Commerce St. The group will meet weekly for four months and then transition into bi-weekly and monthly meetings for a total of 12 months.

Preregistration is required, with a deadline of Jan. 16. Class size is limited. For questions and to register, contact Davis at rdavis58@vt.edu or call 540-665-5699

This program is free for uninsured individuals or those receiving Medicaid benefits. Others may enroll for $90.