HERKIMER — Herkimer HealthNet will offer the diabetes self-management program to Herkimer County.

The program has proven to help those with type 2 diabetes ease pain, fatigue and depression through self-management techniques and physical activity, according to a news release.

The diabetes epidemic is on the rise, with an estimated 1.6 million adult New Yorkers afflicted with the condition, according to the release. Older adults, adults with disability and those with lower household incomes are more likely to have diabetes, according to the release.

"The program, which is offered for free, has had impressive results around the country," Thomas Curnow, executive director of Herkimer HealthNet, said in a statement. "Watching physical and emotional limitations decrease, while increasing ability over the course of six weeks is life-changing for participants."

Through small group classes, participants learn how to manage diabetes better, eat healthier and become more knowledgeable about reading food labels along with learning how to become more physically active in ways that work with their bodies.

The program will begin Thursday, Feb. 1, and continue to meet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. every Thursday for six weeks at Herkimer College. To register, for questions or more information, call Elyse Enea at 315-867-1552 or email her at eenea@herkimercounty.org.