Free Program for Those At Risk For Diabetes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 25, 2016

Contact: William Gee, Marketing & Communications Dept., 804-524-5005,

Learn About Lifestyle Changes to Help Prevent Diabetes

Petersburg area residents who’ve been informed they’re at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes can attend a 16-week educational program to learn about lifestyle changes that can help prevent the onset of the disease.

Sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension, the group sessions are free and open to the public.  Upon completion of the regular sessions, follow-up sessions will be conducted by trained lifestyle coaches.

To enroll, contact Debra S. Jones, Virginia State University human health extension specialist, at (804) 524-5966 or

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Katrina Kirby at (804) 733-1880 /TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia CooperativeExtension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.


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