The number of Coastal Bend residents diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes grows each year. The TAMHSC-Coastal Bend Health Education Center will partner with people in danger of developing the disease with an intensive 16-week program aimed at managing their weight and preventing the onset of Type 2.

To qualify, participants must have prediabetes (measured by an A1c level of 5.6-6.4) or cholesterol level greater than 200. Participants also can submit lab results from within the last three months instead of undergoing testing.

At the beginning of the program, participants will get their weight, waist circumference, blood pressure and A1c level measured. A registered dietitian then will develop a customized eating plan for them. During the course, participants will meet weekly to check their progress, learn to transition from a sedentary lifestyle to an active lifestyle and discuss challenges. Individuals also will have monthly one-on-one meetings with a dietitian.

At the conclusion of the program, participants who finish are given tools such as a fitness club membership and ongoing meetings to help make the changes they implemented permanent.

Participation in the first course is limited, but a waiting list for the next session will be created.

WHAT:The Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) Coastal Bend Health Education Center is launching an Adult Weight Management and Diabetes Prevention Program.

Welcome to attend: Coastal Bend residents diagnosed with prediabetes (A1c levels of 5.6-6.4) or with a cholesterol level greater than 200.

WHERE: Diabetes Education Office, Health Sciences Building 1, Room 262

Del Mar College-West Campus

4101 Old Brownsville Road, Corpus Christi

WHEN:16-week course begins Feb. 4, 2013

COST:$50 for the entire program.

TO ENROLL:Call (361) 857-2945 to make an appointment for a health screening