RiverView to offer Free ‘Prevent Type 2 Diabetes’ Classes in Crookston, Fertile, Red Lake Falls


327.8. What does that number represent? That’s proof that RiverView’s Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Program is working. That’s how much weight has been lost in 2017 by 32 people participating in Prevent Type 2 Diabetes classes offered by RiverView Dietitian Darcey Larsen, RD LD, and RiverView Health Coach Kelsey Billing, RN, BSN.

If you’d like to get in on the benefits of the program, you’re in luck; Larsen and Billing will start new classes in the communities of Crookston, Fertile and Red Lake Falls Tuesday, Jan. 23rd. Even better? The year-long, lifestyle change program is completely free! 

The classes are open to the public and offered to anyone who feels he/she is at risk of developing diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes – a condition that occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Three Locations, Three Opportunities to Participate

The three separate groups will meet weekly through June and then will meet twice a month July through December. Classes will be held on Tuesdays in the following locations:
     • Red Lake Falls:  9 am-10 am, Sunset Court Community Room in the Housing Authority’s main complex at 209 International Drive
     • Crookston: Noon to 1 pm, Meeting Room 1, RiverView Health, 323 South Minnesota Street
     • Fertile: 3 pm-4 pm, Community Center, 101 South Mill Street

Each session will include discussion and education on a variety of topics including nutrition and activity to help prevent Type 2 diabetes, and participants will go home with helpful handouts, tips and activities.

You Can Change Your Path

“I changed the way I eat and increased my activity level,’’ shared a member of the Fertile class. “The class helped me be more aware of the nutrients I am putting into my body. I’ve lost weight since joining the class and kept it off. I didn’t completely eliminate any certain types of food, but I greatly cut down on sugary carbohydrates and eat more protein and fiber than I used to.’’

This participant did not realize she had pre-diabetes until a routine physical in the spring of 2016. She is not alone. Eighty-six million Americans have prediabetes – that’s one out of three adults. Of those 86 million, nine out of 10 of them don’t even know they have it. People with prediabetes not only have a higher risk of developing diabetes, but also heart disease and stroke. You can take the Centers for Disease Control’s prediabetes screening test at www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/pdf/prediabetestest.pdf.

You don’t have to accept the fate of becoming diabetic. You can fight to reverse your path and become a champion of your own health.

“I would tell anyone ‘on the fence’ about signing up that they will not regret taking the classes,’’ stated the Fertile participant. “The information presented is beneficial to anyone interested in improving their health and wellness. The instructors are very knowledgeable and supportive and the class interaction is also fun.’’

Registration for the free program is required by Friday, Jan. 19th. To register or if you have questions regarding qualification, please call Larsen at 218-281-9589 or Billing at 218-281-9259. 


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