Lifestyle change program helps participants learn to live healthy
FAIRBURY — The next session of a successful lifestyle change program will be offered beginning in April at Jefferson Community Health & Life in Fairbury. The year-long program is designed for those who are at risk for diabetes and want to change their lifestyle to avoid getting diabetes. A free no-obligation introductory class will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22. Anyone who thinks they might be interested in Smart Moves is encouraged to attend this session. To sign up for the introductory class, call Lisa Edeal RD, LMNT, at 402-729-6846.
The year-long program will begin April 12. Classes will meet on Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
Lifestyle coaches who lead the program are JCH&L Dietitian Lisa Edeal RD, LMNT; Bekah Kimberlin, PharmD; and Jen Johnson, manager of JCH&L Burkley Fitness Center.
“This program has been successful in helping participants to make lifestyle changes which positively impact their health,” Edeal said.
JCH&L’s program has received Full Recognition from the Centers For Disease Control (CDC). This designation is reserved for programs that have effectively delivered a quality, evidence-based program that meets all the standards for CDC recognition.
Studies show that diabetes can be prevented. Diabetes risk can be lowered by losing weight, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and taking part in a lifestyle change program, such as Smart Moves. Smart Moves is a program of the National Diabetes Prevention Program. JCH&L is participating with the support of Public Health Solutions District Health Department.
For the first part of the program, participants meet in a small-group setting weekly for one-hour presentations. For the second portion of the program, participants will meet twice a month.
The program provides lifestyle coaching and group support, promotes healthier eating and weight loss, explores ways to be physically active, creates strategies to overcome barriers, and teaches participants how to apply coping skills to stay successful.
The cost of the program is $225 for the full year. This fee includes not only the program, but also a six-month membership to the JCH&L Burkley Fitness Center (a $200 value.) Financial assistance is available for those who meet certain financial eligibility criteria.
Anyone interested in Smart Moves or the March 22 free introductory session is encouraged to contact Lisa Edeal RD, LMNT, at (402) 729-6846 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information.