A Lifestyle Change Class - a national diabetes prevention program that offers diabetes prevention education and support for people with pre-diabetes - is being offered in Pequot Lakes.

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.

A Lifestyle Change Class will start Feb. 6, meeting from 7-8 a.m. Thursdays at Pequot Lakes City Hall. Groups meet for 16 sessions over six months, and attend six 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.

Currently one out of three individuals has pre-diabetes, but nine out of 10 times people don’t know it. Pre-diabetes involves blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be considered 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.

Through Crow Wing Energized, the Lifestyle Change Class is offered at no charge to local residents. Register online at www.crowwingenergized.org/events.