Mesa County Health Department is kicking off two new Prevent T2 class series for residents in May. Prevent T2 is a program designed to help people make lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Two information sessions are scheduled for this month to help residents decide whether or not Prevent T2 will work for them:

Monday, April 24, 10 a.m. to noon, drop-in
Fruita Community Center
324 North Coulson, Fruita

Wednesday, April 26, 11 a.m. to noon
Crossroads Fitness, North
2768 Compass Drive, Grand Junction

Nationwide, 86 million Americans have prediabetes – 90 percent of those people don’t know they have it. Based on national estimates, one in three Mesa County residents are prediabetic.

  • You are at risk for prediabetes if:
  • You are overweight or obese.
  • You are 45 years of age or older.
  • Your parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes.
  • You are physically active fewer than three times per week.
  • You ever gave birth to a baby that weighed more than nine pounds.
  • You ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes).

Joining the Prevent T2 Program will give you the tools and the support you need to make changes that will both prevent type 2 diabetes and last a lifetime.

Small groups will meet with coaches approximately once a week for six months, then transition to monthly meetings for the following six months. Research shows this type of program reduces onset of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent overall and 71 percent overall for people 60 years of age and older.

Have questions? Contact Emily Robertson at (970) 248-6900.