The Leader Staff

BATH - The Steuben County Public Health Department will soon offer two free health-related programs, pending public interest in participating.

The programs include National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) and Freedom From Smoking.

The scheduled NDPP meetings will be from 6-7 p.m., Jan. 17, at the Hornell YMCA and from noon-1 p.m. Jan. 18, at the Dormann Library, Bath.

The year-long weight-loss program is run by a trained lifestyle coach, for people who are pre-diabetic or at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, officials said. Designed to support participants’ lifestyle changes, the program works toward a 7 percent weight loss, which in turn reduces the risk of diabetes by 60 percent.

The program begins with 16 weekly hour-long sessions, followed by monthly hour-long sessions. In addition, participants are asked to independently accomplish 2.5 hours each week of moderate physical activity, such as walking.

Officials said the NDPP program is not for people already diagnosed with diabetes. The program is free for Medicaid recipients; $40 for others. The Hornell YMCA will give a 20 percent discount on Y memberships to participants of both classes.

The 10-session “Freedom From Smoking” program, developed by the American Lung Association, the highly successful nine-week program starts with five hour-long sessions designed to help smokers prepare for Session Six Quit Day.

The Quit Day is followed two days later by support during the seventh session, with the remaining weekly sessions held to help the new “non-smokers” stay on track.

Both programs will be held only if there is enough public interest, officials said. For more information, or to sign up, call 607-664-2438.