Essentia Health and YMCA offer complimentary diabetes prevention programs

By Maureen Talarico
Essentia Health is joining forces with the YMCA to help stop diabetes before it starts. Beginning in January, two sets of weekly classes will begin in Duluth. The first begins Jan. 17 at the Woodland Community Center and the second begins Jan. 18 at Community Action Duluth.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12-month commitment that focuses on education and support to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is designed for people who are at risk or already have prediabetes. An individual with prediabetes can delay or even prevent type 2 diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes.

“Essentia Health is pleased to partner with the Duluth Area and Superior YMCA to offer these classes free of charge,” says Emily Anderson, who manages Essentia’s community health programs. “This program is proven to help people achieve their healthy lifestyle goals and prevent diabetes.”

Class 1
Jan. 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m., then each Wednesday.
Woodland Community Center, 3211 Allendale Avenue, Duluth.
Contact: Alisha Bradley, YMCA director of healthy living, (218) 722-4745 or ABradley@duluthymca.org

Class 2
Jan. 18, 3-4:00 p.m., then each Thursday.
Community Action Duluth, 2424 W. Fifth Street, #102, Duluth.
Contact: Alisha Bradley, YMCA director of healthy living, (218) 722-4745 or ABradley@duluthymca.org

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