Learn how to prevent diabetes

Riverwood offers a national prevention program called I CAN Prevent Diabetes. This community-based, lifestyle change program offers diabetes prevention education for people with pre-diabetes or who are at risk for diabetes.

The next 16-week class series will be offered on Tuesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., July 15 through October 28, at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin. The cost for the I Can Prevent Diabetes program is $75. Those who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes may use their flexible spending account to pay this fee. The fee may be waived if you meet specified household income guidelines.

Meeting with a trained Riverwood instructor, learn how to create a healthier lifestyle and prevent diabetes. Participants will get information on how to lose weight, eat healthier and increase physical activity.

“We have offered the I Can Prevent Diabetes class twice in the past year with great feedback from participants,” says Maureen Mau, RN, class instructor and diabetes educator at Riverwood Diabetes Center. “Making simple lifestyle changes such as eating healthier and getting more physically active has proven effective for prevention of diabetes. A 5 to 7 percent weight loss can really make a difference.”

Space is limited to about a dozen participants. To register for this program or if you have questions, contact Renee Fliss, Riverwood Diabetes Center at (218) 927-8281.

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