CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Close to 14-percent of Franklin County residents have diabetes and this number has been on the rise since 2007.
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that presents with symptoms like excessive thirst or blurred vision and often is the result of lifestyle. At one time, type 2 diabetes was mostly found in people older than 45. However, more and more young adults, teens and even children have the disease because they are overweight or obese.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in three adults in the United States has prediabetes. Without lifestyle changes in physical activity and nutrition, between 15- to 30-percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.
In answer to the need for diabetes prevention, Summit Health is offering “PreventT2,” a program aimed at helping community members prevent type 2 diabetes. The program will run once per week for 16 weeks and then one to two times per month for the six months that follow.
“One of our priorities is leading community members to healthier ways of living,” said Summit Health Vice President for Community Relations Barbara Rossini. “Our hope in offering these classes is that we will be able to help our friends and neighbors improve their health and prevent them from developing diabetes.”
Designed by the CDC, the PreventT2 program has been shown to help those with prediabetes make healthy lifestyle changes that can cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half.
Classes in Chambersburg will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday starting June 23. They will be held in the board room of the Sentry Building, 785 Fifth Ave.
Classes in Waynesboro will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday starting July 12 in Waynesboro Hospital, 501 E. Main St., Waynesboro.
The PreventT2 classes will help participants manage their weight, become more physically active and reduce stress.
Both series of classes will be led by a health coach trained specifically for this CDC program to help guide and motivate participants to reach their goals.
Who is eligible?
To participate, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be overweight
- Have no previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes
- Have established risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes, or
- Have been diagnosed with prediabetes within the past year or previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Space is limited. For more details or to register, call 717-262-4472 or click here.