Huntington's

BLOOMINGTON — The Huntington's Disease Society of America's 1st Central Illinois Team Hope Walk for the Illinois Chapter will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Tipton Park, Bloomington.

The event is designed to raise money and awareness of Huntington's and provide hope and support to people with the disease.

Huntington's disease is a rare, neuro-degenerative brain disorder that robs a person of the ability to walk, talk, think, swallow and control movement.

More about the disease is at www.hdsa.org. The Team Hope webpage is www.hdsa.org/thwbloomington.

Diabetes class

PONTIAC — OSF HealthCare Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac begins a free, yearlong diabetes prevention program from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1.

The class will emphasize healthy lifestyle choices, promoting weight loss and increased physical activity to reduce the risk of diabetes. To qualify for the class, participants must be at least 18 years old, have an elevated fasting blood glucose or A1c level, a BMI (body mass index) of 25 or higher or have a history of gestational diabetes.

The program starts with one-hour weekly sessions for 16 weeks, then meets biweekly for two months, then monthly for the rest of the year. For more information or to register, call Sherri Schlatter, registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, at 815-842-4970.

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Health reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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