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Published on August 12, 2019
Essentia Health is teaming with the Duluth Area Family YMCA to offer 12-month diabetes-prevention classes.
The classes, part of the YMCA’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, are free thanks to a grant from Essentia Health. They help participants reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by learning ways to eat healthy, increase physical activity and problem solve challenges. The goal is for participants to decrease their weight by 7 percent and increase their physical activity to 150 minutes per week.
“This program is research-based and has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by as much as 58 percent,” said Essentia Health community health specialist Martina Mellang. “The reduction was even greater — 71 percent — among adults aged 60 years or older.”
There are three options for the classes:
More than 100 million Americans live with diabetes or prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To register for one of the classes, which are led by a trained lifestyle coach, call the Duluth Area Family YMCA at (218) 722-4745.
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