Published on January 30, 2020

Essentia Health in Superior to host diabetes prevention program

Are you interested in making lifestyle changes that will minimize the risk of diabetes?

In conjunction with the Superior Douglas County Family YMCA, the Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Superior Clinic is hosting a free 26-session Diabetes Prevention Program. The 12-month program starts Tuesday, Feb. 4. Parking at the clinic is free (3500 Tower Avenue).

It’s a community-based, lifestyle-change program that offers diabetes-prevention education and support for people with prediabetes and those at high risk for prediabetes. You are eligible to attend if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Are overweight
  • Do not currently have diabetes
  • Are not pregnant
  • Are rated at 5 or higher on the diabetes risk score test

The objective is to create a healthier lifestyle and prevent diabetes by promoting weight loss via improved diets and increased physical activity. The group will meet with trained instructors weekly during months 1-4, twice monthly for months 5-6 and once per month for months 7-12.

Covered topics will include activity and food tracking; stress management; effective food shopping, planning and preparation; heart health; and many others.

“Over the last few years both facilitating this program and coaching, I have seen so many lives changed,” said Sarah Elizabeth, director of healthy living at the Superior Douglas County Family YMCA. “This program is not a fad diet or exercise program; instead, it teaches people how to make small changes to their lifestyles that add up to big sustainable changes.”

For more information or to register, contact Elizabeth at (715) 392-5611, Ext. 103, or at selizabeth@superiorymca.org.

Learn more about the National Diabetes Education Program at YourDiabetesInfo.org.

MEDIA: If you plan to attend and report on one of these meetings, please contact Louie St. George.

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