Diabetes Prevention Program offered

By Juli Hughes

MSU Extension Service

Mississippians at risk for type two diabetes can learn how to make needed lifestyle changes during a yearlong program at the Mississippi State University Extension office in Choctaw County.

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) will meet weekly for 16 weeks starting Saturday, July 11 at 10:00am (location TBA) and then once a month for six months to maintain healthy choices. Program participants will learn to manage stress, stay motivated, eat healthier foods, add physical activity to their routines and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.

The group setting will provide a supportive environment of people who are trying to achieve the same goals and face the same challenges.

Risk factors for prediabetes include being 45 or older, being overweight, having a family history of type two diabetes, getting limited physical activity, suffering from gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds. Type two diabetes can have significant health impacts, including blindness, heart disease, amputations and premature death.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is supported through a partnership with the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This program is for PRE-DIABETICS, women who had a baby weighing over 9 pounds at birth and people 65 and older. This program is NOT for people who have already been diagnosed with diabetes. There is no charge for this program, however, preregistration is required. Class is limited to 15 participants. For more information or to register for the program, call the Extension office in Choctaw County at (662) 285-6337. The last day to preregister for the program is June 27.

MSU Extension will provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities or special needs. Please contact our office at (662)-285-6337, j.hughes@msstate.edu) prior to a program or event to request reasonable accommodation.