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A yearlong program designed to help individuals lose weight and lower their risk for developing Type 2 diabetes will be offered in Fairbanks, beginning April 1. Leslie Shallcross, an agent with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, will lead the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The class will focus on making gradual changes in exercise, diet and stress management that have been shown to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes. Read more

The Alaska 4-H program will host free health and nutrition activities March 14 for elementary school-aged youths in Fairbanks. First- to sixth-graders may participate in nutrition, cooking and fitness activities led by teens who have been trained as teachers through the 4-H Healthy Habits Champs program. The spring break session will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. in Room 108 of the old University Park Building, 1000 University Ave. Read more

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer four food preservation classes in Fairbanks this spring, beginning March 16. Fairbanks agent Leslie Shallcross will lead the classes. The first workshop will focus on canning fish and meat. Participants will learn the proper use of a pressure canner for jarring fish and other meat and will practice canning their own jars. The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 154 of the University Park Building, 1000 University Ave. Read more

Food safety management training will take place by videoconference April 2 in seven Alaska communities. Locations for the certified food protection manager workshop include Fairbanks, Palmer, Unalaska, Valdez, Juneau, Sitka, Skagway and other communities as requested. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer the workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. State regulations require that all food establishments have at least one certified food protection manager to ensure compliance with food safety regulations. Read more

 
 
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