Porter offering free preventative classes

MIDDLEBURY— This winter Porter Medical Center will host two free classes designed to help people improve their health by preventing diabetes and stopping smoking.
First on offer will be a free smoking cessation program, which begins on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 5 p.m. at Porter. In the 4-5 week class, those who would like to try and kick the habit will work with a trained Tobacco Treatment specialist to design a plan to quit. Such a plan involves deciding to quit, developing a plan to quit, preparing, rehearsing and knowing what to expect on “Quit Day,” and more. Quitting smoking is very difficult, especially when attempted on one’s own — quitters will not be alone with this program.
The free diabetes prevention program begins Tuesday, January 23, at 4:30 p.m. at Porter Medical Center and runs for 16 weeks. It is designed to help people who are deemed at-risk for type 1 diabetes. Potential candidates are those considered pre-diabetic based on elevated results in glucose tolerance test, or A1C, or previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes. In addition, persons considered at-risk — including being overweight, having low activity levels, or a family history of type 2 diabetes — may also qualify to participate. 
Both of these programs, while free, require resistration. Anyone interested can learn more and resgister by contacting Michele Butler, Community Health Team, 802-388-8860 or [email protected].

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