At-risk Alaskans can join diabetes prevention program

Alaskans across the state who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes are eligible to join a yearlong program to help them lose weight and improve their health.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is offering the Zoom-based program, led by instructor Melissa Clampitt. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which developed the program, one in three Americans has prediabetes, and excess weight is a key risk factor. The program is overseen by the CDC and the Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center.

Participants get ideas and support from other participants and Clampitt, a trained Extension lifestyle coach. Beginning on Oct. 11, participants will meet weekly on Wednesdays for about 16 weeks and at least once monthly after that.

Two one-hour sessions are available, from noon-1 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. 

Registration is available on the Extension workshop website. Please contact Clampitt at 907-745-3551 or prior to registering to determine eligibility and discuss the program.

The fee of $150 includes a digital scale and program materials that will be mailed to participants. The deadline to register is Sept. 29.