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Diabetes Boot Camp teaches importance of healthy living habits

(ATHENS, Ohio Feb. 4, 2014) Registration is now open for the next session of the Diabetes Boot Camp, an 8-week hands-on program designed to help individuals with type 2 diabetes make positive lifestyle changes to better manage their condition.

The Diabetes Boot Camp provides information, support and education on exercise and healthy living habits through a combination of lifestyle education classes and exercise and fitness. Activities include individualized exercise planning, cooking demonstrations, recipes and recipe modification ideas, and food preparation tips.

The program will accept up to 20 participants, who will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays each week from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Athens Community Center, starting Feb. 17. All participants must obtain a medical clearance from their primary care physician before beginning the program.

Ohio University Human Resources is partnering with the Diabetes Institute at Ohio University and the University Medical Associates Diabetes/Endocrine Care and Research Center to offer the program to university employees. UHR will cover the registration costs for those who qualify for the program.

Participants will complete a health assessment and screening before and after the program, and blood pressure and weight will be checked weekly to track progress. Prior to and following exercise sessions, participants also must monitor their blood sugars.

For more information or to join, contact Carole Merckle at 740-566-4872, 740-597-1212 or mercklec@ohio.edu.

 
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