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Carroll County Health Department to hold classes on preventing diabetes through lifestyle changes

On Monday, May 13, the Carroll County Health Department will begin intake appointments for people interested in a yearlong class on preventing type 2 diabetes through lifestyle changes.

The classes will run from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning May 16, and are targeted toward people with prediabetes, defined as those with higher than normal blood sugar levels who are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a news release.

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Classes will be held at the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library, at 50 E. Main St. Those interested should call 410-876-4885 to make an intake appointment for May 13.

“One out of three adults in the United States have prediabetes, but most don’t know it,” Rachel Tabler, health educator with the health department, said in the release. “In this class, people with prediabetes will learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.”

The classes will not meet every Thursday over the following year, according to the release, but will meet three Thursdays a month for the first four months, twice a month for the following two months and then once a month for the final six months of the program.

The classes are taught by lifestyle coaches trained in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, according to the release.

People who are overweight, are 45 or older, are sedentary (active less than three times per week), or have parents or siblings with type 2 diabetes — among other risk factors — are more likely to be prediabetic, according to the release. A free online screening at www.DoIHavePrediabetes.org can help suggest if further testing is right for you.

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