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Diabetes prevention class added

Essentia Health St. Mary’s will be offering another I Can Prevent Diabetes class for the public, arming citizens with information to help lower their rick of diabetes.

One class was held beginning in September, but due to the overwhelming response, St. Mary’s and the University of Minnesota Extension have added another class. The two entities are partnered in providing the education.

The program begins Oct. 24 at 1:30 p.m. in the Senior Center, located in the downstairs of the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center. The cost is free, but it is a one-year commitment.

Class instructor will be Extension Nutrition Educator Tracy Baker.

The core classes are 16 weeks, and then the group meets monthly after that to keep on track. The weekly core sessions go over topics such as reading labels, recipes and food tastings, reducing fat, reducing stress, exercise programs, how to plan ahead in situations like dining out or family gatherings and more.

There will also be time for participants to weigh-in, chart progress, document and journal their food intake and physical activity for the week.

The class will also make food suggestions, so that while people may not like food prepared a certain way, this class will give them ideas of different ways to prepare something they might like better.

Call 218-846-7328 for a quick discussion with Baker to determine eligibility, or email her at Class size is limited to 15.