URBANA, Ill. — Six in ten people gained weight during the pandemic, according to an American Psychological Association study. The risk of developing pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes may increase with extra weight. 

Learn to manage risks in two free online workshops by University of Illinois Extension. The first workshop at noon Oct. 20 identifies risk factors for pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. 

"Your time is now" says Mary Liz Wright, Extension educator and workshop instructor. "Develop a new and healthy taste of life, because it matters."

The second workshop begins at noon Nov. 10 and debunks myths surrounding diabetes. 

“By learning to identify risk factors for pre-diabetes, you can make simple wellness strategies now to prevent, reverse, or delay type 2 diabetes,” says Susan Glassman, Illinois Extension nutrition and wellness educator.

Both workshops include short cooking demonstrations for easy ways to prepare healthier meals.

“Together, we’ll learn how to revise your favorite recipes to decrease your health risks,” Wright says.

Register for the October workshop at go.illinois.edu/IdentifyingSigns. Register for the November workshop at go.illinois.edu/WellnessStrategies.

If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate, or for more information, contact Susan Glassman at susang@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting access needs.

SOURCE: Susan Glassman, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, University of Illinois Extension
WRITER: Erin Wunderlich, Writer, University of Illinois Extension

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