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Diabetes Prevention Program offered free to Panhandle adults

February 14, 2019

SCOTTSBLUFF — The skills you learn in the program will help you better manage your weight and empower you to take control of your health. The program is right for you if you have prediabetes, hypertension, other health risk factors or need ongoing support for a healthy life style. Since 2012, over 1,000 participants have lost nearly 10,000 pounds across the Panhandle.

Making modest lifestyle changes now — like eating healthier, being more physically active and managing stress — improve your health and may help you avoid having to manage type 2 diabetes for the rest of your life. The best part is that through support from partners across the Panhandle this program is available to Panhandle adults at no cost, a $417 savings.

You don’t have to make these changes alone. You will have the support of a trained lifestyle coach and a group of people facing the same challenges and making the same changes. The programs meet weekly for the first 16 weeks, then every other week for the remainder of a year. This evidence-based program is designed to empower you to:

• Lose 5-7 percent of your starting body weight

• Get 150 minutes physical activity weekly

• Learn healthy eating tips and manage stress

To learn more about the program or join today, contact Cheri Farris, health educator with Panhandle Public Health District. Sge will connect you with a class in your community; an online option is also available. Email cfarris@pphd.org, call 308-220-8020 or register online at https://bit.ly/2wxn5k2.

Classes are starting across the Panhandle:

• Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff County Health Department, at the YMCA: Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 11:30 a.m.

• Chadron, Western Community Health Resources, at WCHR: Monday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m.

• Gordon, Nebraska Extention, Location TBA: Monday, Feb. 25, at 5 p.m.

• Alliance, Box Butte General Hospital: TBA

To learn more about the National Diabetes Prevention Program, visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/index.html, the Panhandle Public Health District’s website at www.pphd.org or contact Farris at cfarris@pphd.org or 308-227-2217.