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

Pre-diabetes involves higher than normal blood sugar levels, 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.

The Lifestyle Change Class is a National Diabetes Prevention 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.

A new class is starting in Pequot Lakes 7-8 a.m. Thursday mornings beginning Feb. 6 at Pequot Lakes City Hall, 4638 Main St., Pequot Lakes. Groups meet for 16 sessions over a six month period, and attend six monthly follow-up sessions for the remainder of the year. Each session is one-hour long.

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

Interested in becoming a Certified Lifestyle Change Coach?

Become a certified lifestyle change coach by taking a two-day course 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 4-5 to teach others how to create a healthier lifestyle and prevent diabetes. The course will be at Crow Wing County Land Services Building, 322 Laurel St., Brainerd.

Register at http://crowwingenergized.org/events.

For more information, contact Kara Schaefer at Kara.Schaefer@EssentiaHealth.org or 218-454-5901.