Free program begins on Jan. 24, for those who meet the qualifications

    Are you on the path to Type 2 diabetes? Do you feel you are at risk for developing diabetes or have you been diagnosed with prediabetes – a condition that occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes? If so, RiverView Health is launching a program to help get you on a healthier path to better health in 2017.

    On Tuesday, Jan. 24, RiverView Dietitian Darcey Larsen, RD LD, and RiverView Health Coach Kelsey Billing, RN BSN, will launch “Prevent Type 2 Diabetes,” a free year-long community-based, lifestyle change program. The program is recognized through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as using evidence-based information and best practices to promote healthy eating, weight loss, and physical activity.

    The group will meet in Crookston at RiverView Health in Meeting Room 1 from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday through mid-June. Once the weekly sessions are complete, support and additional learning sessions will be offered on a monthly basis from July through December.

    To be eligible for the program, you must be:

    • at least 18 years old
    • at risk for but not currently diagnosed with diabetes
    • overweight
    • not pregnant

    Each week participants will engage in informational classes with a variety of topics and will go home with helpful handouts, tips and activities.

    “We are extremely excited to empower people to take control of their health and prevent long term complications from diabetes,’’ Billing said.

    Eighty-six million Americans have prediabetes – one out of three adults. Of those 86 million, nine out of 10 of them don’t know they have it. People with prediabetes not only have a higher risk of developing diabetes, but also heart disease and stroke.

    Without intervention, 15 to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within five years.

    You don’t have to accept the fate of becoming diabetic. You can fight to reverse your path and become a champion of your health.

    Registration for the program is required by Friday, Jan. 20. To register or if you have questions regarding qualification, call Larsen at 281-9589 or Billing at 281-9259.