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Essentia Health Offers FREE Lifestyle Change Classes

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Guest post by Essentia Health, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors.

Currently, 1 out of 3 individuals have pre-diabetes — but 9 out of 10 times people don’t know it.

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Pre-diabetes involves blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diabetes. An individual with pre-diabetes can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes. Diet and moderate exercise resulting in a 5-7% weight loss (usually about 10 -15 pounds) often work to bring blood sugar levels back down to a healthy range.

Essentia Health Offers Free Lifestyle Change Classes

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a community-based, lifestyle change program that offers diabetes prevention education and support for people with prediabetes. Participants learn how to create a healthier lifestyle and prevent diabetes in a 22-session diabetes prevention program.

Groups meet with a trained instructor to help participants lose weight, eat healthier and increase physical activity. Groups meet for 16 sessions over a 6 month period and attend 6 monthly follow-up sessions for the remainder of the year. Each session is one-hour long. Sessions cover:

Session 1 Welcome and Getting Started

Session 2 Be a Fat and Calorie Detective

Session 3 Ways to Eat Less Fat and Fewer Calories

Session 4 Healthy Eating

Session 5 Move Those Muscles

Session 6 Being Active: A Way of Life

Session 7 Tip the Calorie Balance

Session 8 Take Charge of What’s Around You

Session 9 Problem Solving

Session 10 Four Keys to Healthy Eating Out

Session 11 Talk Back to Negative Thoughts

Session 12 The Slippery Slope of Lifestyle Change

Session 13 Jump Start Your Activity Plan

Session 14 Make Social Cues Work for You

Session 15 You Can Manage Stress

Session 16 Ways to Stay Motivated


Four classes start on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Choose a time and then attend future sessions with the same group:

• 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

• 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

• 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

• 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Essentia Health Baxter Clinic, 13060 Isle Drive, Baxter


FEE: No Charge ($429.00 value).

For more information contact Kara Schaefer

Crow Wing Energized’s grassroots efforts to make the healthy choice the easy choice happens through the volunteers that lead classes and trainings in our community. Interested in becoming a volunteer lifestyle change trainer?

Certified Lifestyle Coach Training Opportunity

When: September 25 & 26 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Essentia Health SJMC, Brainerd
Register: Training is FREE ($750 value), but registration is required.

Essentia Health Offers FREE Lifestyle Change Classes

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