The Health Department is launching a yearlong program designed to help people stave off, and potentially reverse, their progress toward developing type 2 diabetes in the form of free, lifestyle change classes that will begin Monday, Jan. 29, utilizing a curriculum from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Maggie Kunz, health planner with the Health Department. To help people better understand the yearlong program, and help them determine if it is right for them, the Health Department will host a free information session at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22. According to the CDC website, people with pre-diabetes begin to face some of the same health risks experienced by those with diabetes — such as increased risk of heart disease or strokes — but unlike those with diabetes, can make significant improvements with behavioral changes. “That’s the selling point. This can be reversed,” Darlene Flaherty, a dietitian with the Health Department, told us, noting that the program will deal with the different ways to improve blood sugar levels and overall health. Those interested should call Flaherty at 410-876-4981. Space will be limited.