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CASA GRANDE — The University of Arizona Diabetes Prevention Program will begin a free year-long virtual diabetes prevention series in December through the Cooperative Extension.

It is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Focused on lifestyle change, the program is proven to help people with prediabetic conditions prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • eat healthy
  • add physical activity to daily life
  • manage stress
  • stay motivated

The program uses the Prevent T2 curriculum, developed by the CDC. There are 26 lessons over the course of a year, meeting weekly at first, then every other week, then once a month.

The Cooperative Extension has achieved full recognition status from the CDC, the highest level of recognition for the DPP, after showing it can effectively deliver a high-quality program, a press release from the organization said.

“Our program is currently being offered free of charge due to funding from the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, from the Arizona Department of Health Services and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” the press release said.

Classes begin Dec. 14. For more information or to register contact Mary Gonzales, certified lifestyle coach, at marygonzales@arizona.edu. More information is also online at www.preventdiabetesaz.org.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.