Make a healthy commitment this new year

December 23, 2016 Comments Off on Make a healthy commitment this new year

Research suggests that just 8 percent of Americans achieve their New Year’s resolutions.

This year, if your resolutions involve losing weight, eating healthier or working out more, a free class offered by the in the Northland can help you be one of those successful 8 percent. The Diabetes Prevention Program is a CDC-led, proven lifestyle change program that helps people with prediabetes cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half by losing weight. To find out if you’re eligible, just take this quick risk test.

In the program, you’ll learn to eat healthier and be more active for the long term, while also losing 5 to 7 percent of your body weight. It works – read the research here.

The classes meet weekly for four to six months, and then monthly to help you maintain your changes. Commit to a serious change this year!

Duluth classes

To sign up for the free class, go to the Duluth YMCA website and search for ‘diabetes’ or call the Duluth YMCA at (218) 722-4745.

Proctor class

To register contact Kaisha Graham, U of MN Extension SNAP-Ed Educator, 218-726-6478   or

Superior classes

To register contact Cathi Austin, (715) 392-5611 or

Thanks to the Duluth Area Family YMCA, Superior Douglas County Family YMCA, and Proctor Hermantown Community Education, with support from Essentia Health, U of MN Extension,  Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative, Gary New Duluth Recreation Center, Healthy Northland, the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the classes are being offered free (normally a $429 cost).