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Free diabetes prevention classes starting

FARMINGTON - In the United States, 1 in 3 adults has prediabetes and is at risk for type 2 diabetes, yet nearly 90 percent don’t know they have it. Learning about diabetes and how to prevent or delay it is the first step toward living a longer, healthier life.

Join the Diabetes Prevention Program, a national program that is proven to help people lower their chance of developing type 2 diabetes. This year-long course is offered by MaineHealth at no cost.

The Diabetes Prevention Program will help individuals:

  • Learn how to eat healthier and be active
  • Develop skills to make healthier choices
  • Get the long-term support needed to stick with the changes
  • Prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes

Upcoming classes are being offered in Farmington. The instructor will be longtime local educator Kathleen Kerr. The first class at each location begins:

  • Jan. 30 from 6-7 p.m. at the Education Center on High Street at the University of Maine Farmington
  • Feb. 5 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Crosby Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital
  • March 3 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Crosby Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital

The National Diabetes Prevention Program meets once a week for 16 weeks, then bi-monthly or monthly for the rest of the year. Please note: This program is not designed for people who have already been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

To register go to:

If you have any questions, contact Melissa Norton at or 661-7294.

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  1. My husband and myself have just finished this class with great results. We have both lost over 40lbs each. I have been able to stop taking metformin and all my blood pressure medications. My husband has been able to also drop his blood pressure meds. This program has been a true life saver for us. Take a chance and make a change for yourself. Thank you Ellen Thorne!