Savannah Valley District

Know Diabetes by Heart

Michelle Altman, Rural Health Agent-Hampton County

Obesity is defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as an adult who has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or above. A BMI of 25-29 is considered medically overweight. To determine your BMI use the CDC’s Body Mass Index calculator:

Knowing for yourself and helping others.

Obesity can lead to heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes. Clemson Cooperative Extension facilitates a free online class called:  Know Diabetes by Heart. The online course explains the connection between heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes. This online program is also for anyone who wants to learn more about diabetes and the steps to take for prevention and self-management. The course takes about an hour.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following: (1) state what diabetes is; (2) explain diabetes’ link to heart disease and stroke; (3) identify ways to take charge of your health to reduce your risk, and (4) join the Know Diabetes By Heart™ initiative. For more information, go to:

For more information, contact Michelle Altman at the Hampton office at 803-943-3427 or email

Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.