Published on October 23, 2020

Essentia Health-Moose Lake hosting diabetes prevention program

Essentia Health-Moose Lake is hosting a free diabetes prevention program for anyone with prediabetes or risk factors for developing diabetes.

Those with risk factors include people who are overweight; age 45 or older; have a family history of Type 2 diabetes; aren’t physically active (fewer than three times per week); were diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy; or gave birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds.

There are two 40-minute informational sessions, both of which will be held virtually via Zoom:

  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27
  • 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4

The meeting ID for both is 863 4691 4077, or call in to (312) 626-6799.

The yearlong class starts at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18. For the first six months, meetings will occur 2-4 times per month, then 1-2 times per month for the duration. Each of these sessions will be held virtually until it’s safe to once again meet in person. People are encouraged to attend one of the two informational sessions, but they can register for the class by emailing Amanda Paull at Amanda.Paull@EssentiaHealth.org or calling (218) 485-5521.

The diabetes prevention program will help you manage your diabetes by helping you care for yourself in the following ways: eating healthy; being active; checking your blood sugar; taking medicines; solving problems; coping in a healthy way; and reducing risks. The program has proven to help people lower their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol.

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