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Fairfield Launches Free Diabetes Prevention Program

The program is a year long and meets weekly for the first 16 weeks and monthly after that.
The program is a year long and meets weekly for the first 16 weeks and monthly after that. Photo Credit: Facebook (CDC Diabetes)

FAIRFIELD, Conn. --  The Fairfield Health Department will offer Fairfield residents a free diabetes prevention program, starting Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The program is the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. The Fairfield Health Department is a recognized site to deliver the CDC's evidence-based program.

To be eligible for the program, individuals need to be over 18 and diagnosed with pre-diabetes and/or at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

This program is a year long and meets weekly for the first 16 weeks and monthly after that. Meetings are held every Wednesday from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Jennings Elementary School. Registration is required.

The program begins on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Space is limited, so those interested should call now to see if they are eligible and reserve their spots.

According to the CDC, 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and nine out of 10 of them don’t even know they have it.

Additionally, without lifestyle changes, medications and intervention, 15 to 30 percent of people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years, the CDC said.

This national program can help delay or reduce one’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes as well as lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke, improve overall health, and help individuals feel more energized, according to the CDC.

Individuals who want to see if they are eligible for the program and for more information, can contact, Santina Jaronko, health educator, at (203)-256-3150 or sjaronko@fairfieldct.org.

For more information on the program, visit http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/index.html.

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