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Kate Seal, secretary; Keli Giaratano, program coordinator/education specialist; and Dana Wallis, R.N., show the $500 for West Feliciana High School’s participation in the Adolescent Pre-Diabetes Prevention Program. This is the school’s fifth year of participation.

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West Feliciana High School recently received $500 for participating in the Adolescent Pre-Diabetes Prevention Program.

This is the school’s fifth year of participation.

The program is a grant to Richland Parish Hospital from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Richland Parish Hospital partners with West Feliciana Parish Hospital and Christus Health Central Louisiana to provide personnel and programming help, a news release said.

Numerous students were screened during the fall 2017 semester. The screening measured height, weight and blood pressure. Students with family risk factors for diabetes had a blood test done to determine their hemoglobin A1C levels, a way to measure glucose or sugar in the blood.

Students found to be at risk for pre-diabetes are receiving healthy lifestyle education to encourage healthier eating habits and more physical activity.

Keli Giaratano is the regional Adolescent Pre-Diabetes Prevention Program coordinator/education specialist for West Feliciana Parish and can be contacted at kjohnson2@delhihospital.com.