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Diabetes prevention program offered

A free class to help prevent Type 2 diabetes is being offered in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood beginning next Tuesday.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a one-year program in which participants meet once a week for 16 weeks, and then once a month for the remainder of the year, according to a news release from Healthy Northland, the regional arm of the Statewide Health Improvement Program.

It will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning next week at the Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative (in the old Lincoln Park School), 2424 W. Fifth St.

Led by a trained lifestyle coach, participants learn with others in the program to gain the skills needed to make lasting changes.

Those who are 45 or older, overweight, physically active fewer than three times a week or have a family history of Type 2 diabetes are at risk for prediabetes. Take a quiz at cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention and talk to your doctor to find out if you have prediabetes.

The class normally costs $429 but is being offered free by the Duluth Area YMCA with support from Essentia Health; Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative; Healthy Northland; the Minnesota Department of Health; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To register, visit duluthymca.org or contact Alisha Bradley at (218) 722-4745, Ext. 135, or abradley@duluthymca.org.

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