Diabetes program at local hospital

COLUMBUS -- Columbus Community Hospital will offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The program has been proven to help people lose weight and prevent or delay their risk of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. The program requires a yearlong commitment that includes more than 16 sessions for the first six months and sessions once or twice a month for the remaining six months. Individuals at risk of developing diabetes include adults who are overweight, have a family history of diabetes, were diagnosed with gestational diabetes, prediabetes borderline diabetes or had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.

To learn more about the program, attend a free informational session from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in Columbus Community Hospital’s Prairie Room or contact the following diabetes educators: Alicia Mueller at 402-562-3322 or aamueller@columbushosp.org or Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462 or jlplummer@columbushosp.org.

Group for blind meeting locally

COLUMBUS -- The National Federation of the Blind will meet from 3-4 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Eagles Club.

Attendees are asked to bring a snack to share and their own beverage. The group will be electing new officers and paying dues at this meeting.

For more information, contact Chapter President Linda Mentink at 402-563-8138.

Register for CCC nursing class

COLUMBUS -- Registration is open for a nursing assistant class that will be held Jan. 8-29 at Central Community College-Columbus.

Students must attend a mandatory orientation session, but because the curriculum is offered in an individualized format, they’ll be able to attend class during the hours most convenient to them. The class is limited to the first 15 individuals who register and pay. The cost is $395, which includes in-state tuition, fees and books.

For more information or to register, contact the CCC Extended Learning Services Office at 402-562-1225; toll-free at 1-877-222-0780, ext. 1225; or email brendasmejkal@cccneb.edu.

Prison emergency may be coming

LINCOLN (AP) — The Legislature's special oversight committee on Nebraska's justice system has recommended that the state begin to plan for a prison overcrowding emergency that could lead to paroling a large number of inmates.

The Nebraska prison population will be considered overcrowded if it exceeds 140 percent of capacity on or after July 1, 2020, though the governor is authorized to declare an overcrowding emergency before that date.

The average daily population of the state's prisons exceeded 155 percent as of Oct. 20, according to the Nebraska Justice System Special Oversight Committee. Prisons designed to hold about 3,400 inmates held an average of about 5,300 inmates this year.

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