Guam - Guests from the University of Pittsburgh's Diabetes Institute and the University of Pittsburgh's Diabetes Prevention Center will be conducting a two-day workshop Thursday and Friday to more than 100 local health care professionals. According to diabetes researcher Dr. Linda Siminerio, the Lifestyle Balance Program was designed to teach principles to foster prevention of diabetes and other chronic diseases as well as ease strains at hospitals.

"Our employers in Pennsylvania have been very angry and frustrated, our insurers are upset because the cost with this economy chronic diseases are killing them," she said.

Dr. Siminerio and her team were brought to the island through the Guam Healthcare and Hospital Development Foundation together with the University of Guam School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Participants of the workshop will receive a certification enabling them to implement the program in their community.