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Metro Parks Newsroom

Diabetes Prevention Program for Youth Offered at Metro Parks Community Centers

Tuesday April 8, 2014

A free diabetes prevention and management education program for youth will be offered at six Metro Parks community centers in April and May. The four-session programs are offered in conjunction with the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, and funded in part through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Youth ages 6-17, their parents and guardians, will learn about diabetes and explore options for healthy eating and snacking, portion control, and the importance of staying active. The one-hour classes will be led by educators from Public Health and Wellness.

Each session will include an educational component, physical activity and a healthy snack, and participants will receive incentives that complement the program curriculum and help promote healthy lifestyles, such as a pedometer, water bottle, Frisbee and jump rope. A special certificate will be awarded for “Most Active Participant”.

To register for the program, contact community centers directly.

Diabetes Awareness Program schedule:

Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center: April 9, 16, 23, 30 from 6­­–7 p.m., 607 S. 37th Street, (502) 775-5268

Portland Community Center: April 24, May 8, 15, 22 from 6–7 p.m., 640 N. 27th Street, (502) 776-0913

Southwick Community Center: April 28, May 5, 12, 19 from 6–7 p.m., 3621 Southern Avenue, (502) 775-6598

Baxter Community Center: May 5, 7, 14, 21 from 6–7 p.m., 1125 Cedar Court, (502) 574-2670

California Community Center: May 5, 12, 19 from 6–7 p.m., 1600 W. St. Catherine Street, (502) 574-2658

Shelby Park Community Center: May 6, 13, 20, 27 from 5:30–6:30 p.m., 600 East Oak, (502) 574-1780