Information Meeting is January 27, 5-6 pm at Rock Island County Extension, Milan, IL

Are you willing to invest just 22 weeks to prevent type 2 diabetes? University of Illinois Extension in Milan, Ill has an opportunity for individuals with prediabetes to enroll in a program that will help prevent its onset. “Prevent T2” is a lifestyle change program developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that can help participants lose weight, become more physically active and reduce stress.  The series will be led by Kristin Bogdonas, nutrition and wellness educator for University of Illinois Extension who is trained as a lifestyle coach for the program. Using CDC approved curriculum, Kristin will meet regularly with participants and over the course of a year they will get support from her and others as they learn new skills to lead healthier lives to prevent type 2 diabetes. 9 out of 10 people with prediabetes don’t know they have it and without making lifestyle changes many people with prediabetes can develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

The program is open to those who are not already diagnosed with diabetes. There will be an information meeting on Monday, January 27 from 5:00-6:00pm at the Rock Island County Extension office, located at 321 W 2nd Ave. in Milan, IL. At the meeting, Kristin will explain the details and program incentives. Participants must be able to attend the majority of the meetings which will take place on Mondays beginning February 3, 2020 from 5:00-6:00pm in the Milan office. The group will meet weekly for the first 16 weeks and then once a month after that for a total of 22 meetings. Meetings will include nutrition education, goal setting, a diabetes friendly recipe and peer support. Participants will be required to monitor their weight and keep records of their weekly fitness efforts. The cost of the year-long program is $110 which includes all materials. (A limited number of scholarships are available for those in need.)

To sign up for the information meeting, register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs. If you have questions you can call the Extension office at (309) 756-9978. To find out if you could have prediabetes, you can take this online quiz at www.cdc.gov/PreventT2.