FARMINGTON — Free diabetes preventions classes will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. starting Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Allen Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital, 111 Franklin Health Commons. Local educator Kathleen Kerr will be the instructor. This year-long course, offered by MaineHealth, will be held weekly.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a national program that is proven to help people lower their chance of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a news release from the hospital.

The program can help individuals:
• Learn how to eat healthier and be active;
• Develop skills to make healthier choices;
• Get the long-term support needed to stick with the changes; and
• Prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes.

To see if you have diabetes, visit

To register in advance, visit For more information, contact Melissa Norton at or 661-7294.

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