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August 30, 2018

Two Diabetes Prevention Programs scheduled this fall in Boulder

Registration and a diagnosis of prediabetes are required

Boulder County, Colo. - More than 84.1 million people, or one out of three American adults, have prediabetes. In Boulder County alone over 65,000 people have prediabetes. Ninety percent don’t even know they have it. Could you be one of them?

Prediabetes occurs when your blood sugar is elevated, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. The bad news is that prediabetes increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

The good news is that if you lose weight, adopt healthier eating habits, and become more active, you can cut your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes in half.

The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging is offering two Diabetes Prevention Program classes in September. It is a national program developed by the Centers for Disease Control. Over the course of this year-long program, participants get the support they need to learn how to make changes that will last.

Session 1 - North Broadway, Boulder

  • What: Diabetes Prevention Program - North Broadway Campus (Boulder)
  • When: Info session on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 5 to 6 p.m. with classes starting on Tuesday, Sept. 18
  • Where: Boulder County Community Services, 3482 N. Broadway, Boulder

Session 2 - East Boulder Senior Center

  • What: Diabetes Prevention Program - East Boulder Senior Center
  • When: Info session on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the East Boulder Senior Center with classes starting on Sept. 20.
  • Where: East Boulder Senior Center, 5660 Sioux Dr, Boulder

Registration and a diagnosis of prediabetes are required. To find out if you qualify, or for more information, please contact Melissa Pruitt at 303-441-3599 or

One participant who joined the class two months ago said she has learned to concentrate on socializing and enjoying time with her family when they are out together, rather than doing a lot of mindless eating. Another participant who is finishing up the year-long program announced that “the only exercise I was getting before I started the program was getting up to go to the restroom. Now I have an exercise routine and I am doing it regularly.”