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Worcester Health offering new spring Lifestyle Balance Diabetes Prevention Program classes

Snow Hill, MD- There are many reasons to stay healthy, including your family, job, and favorite hobbies. If you have prediabetes, you can make healthy changes and prevent type 2 diabetes from developing in the future.

In the Worcester County Health Department’s Lifestyle Balance Diabetes Prevention Program, a trained coach will help you and a group of people like you learn how to lose weight, become more physically active, and reduce stress. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes or have a history of gestational diabetes, this program is proven to help you improve your eating habits, increase your daily activity, lose weight, and reduce your chance of developing type 2 diabetes. On average, participants lose 5-7 percent of their body weight. 

The Lifestyle Balance: Diabetes Prevention Program is a year-long group program that will be offered throughout the county in-person, beginning this month. Classes will be held at the following locations: 

  • Snow Hill Health Department: 5:00pm-6:00pm., Tuesdays (March 22, 2023-March 13, 2024) at 6040 Public Landing Rd. Snow Hill, MD 21863. 
  • Pocomoke Health Center: 5:00pm-6:00pm., Thursdays (March 23, 2023-March 28, 2024) at 400-A Walnut St, Pocomoke, MD 21851. 
  • Berlin Health Center: 9:30am-10:30am., Wednesdays (March 22, 2023 - March 13, 2024) at  9730 Healthway Dr, Berlin, MD 21811. 

You will participate in 16-weekly sessions followed by once-a-month support sessions for the remainder of one year. In addition, you will receive one-on-one coaching and support, learn about healthy eating and active living, lose weight, earn weekly prizes, improve health, and participate in group discussions with others to help encourage them during their healthy lifestyle journey.  

“People with prediabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The good news is that it can be prevented. These programs are being offered throughout the county so that residents can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes which also contributes to the onset of other chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.” said Crystal Bell, Chronic Disease and Tobacco Supervisor at Worcester County Health Department.

Please call 410-632-1100 ext.1108 to discuss program enrollment and eligibility. To find out if you’re at risk for prediabetes, take the prediabetes risk test today at www.DoIHavePrediabetes.org. Local prediabetes resource guides are also available for free download at https://www.worcesterhealth.org/prevention-menu/42-program-section/prevention-program/1770-diabetes-prevention-education