Families & Health


Diabetes is a common, serious, and costly disease. Many complications of diabetes can be controlled and even prevented by making lifestyles changes – scheduling regular doctor visits, improving eating habits, increasing physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight. Contact: Cindy Fitch.

Diabetes Symposium & Workshop

As a result of this educational symposium, participants should be able to:

  • Identify effective strategies to prevent diabetes.
  • Adopt practices that may prevent complications, disabilities, and the burdens associated with diabetes.
  • Discuss diabetes-related health disparities.
  • Describe methods to maximize organizational capability to promote diabetes care.

Learn about the Diabetes Symposium & Workshop.

Dining with Diabetes

The Dining with Diabetes program helps adults make lifestyle changes. It is a free program for those with diabetes and their family members. The series of four classes and a 3-month follow-up includes clinical testing, nutrition information, recipe demonstrations, exercise, and group support.

Group Lifestyle Balance

West Virginia University Extension Service’s Diabetes Prevention Program aims to help West Virginians lower or eliminate their risk for diabetes through lifestyle coaches, group support and learning activities.

The program is based on a trusted system called Group Lifestyle Balance, where participants work to decrease body weight through permanent lifestyle changes.

Over the course of 10 months, participants will meet with their WVU Extension coach and fellow classmates to develop skills such as making healthy food choices, becoming more physically active and dealing with stress.

In past studies, participants have lowered their risk for developing Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.