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January 16, 2018

1/10/2018 8:23:00 AM
New year, new potential - ringing in a healthy 2018

"We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential."
 - Ellen Goodman

Year after year, the top New Year's resolutions in the U.S. involve losing weight and making healthier lifestyle choices. However, data shows that few of them actually stick.
Research shows 80 percent of people who make resolutions abandon their plan by Valentine's Day, according to Marti Hope Gonzales, associate professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota.
Realizing the impact of this data, Community Wellness Partners offers hope to those who need healthy changes to preserve or improve their health.
"We know that setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of making a large and overwhelming goal for the New Year, sets the stage for success," says Christine Bullerman, health educator and community wellness partners coordinator. "Research has consistently shown that having at least one person to help hold a person accountable often results in more successful goal completion."
It is with that knowledge that Community Wellness Partners looks to partner with Windom community organizations to offer the I Can Prevent Diabetes program to residents. The I Can Prevent Diabetes program helps people who are at risk for type 2 diabetes (those who are overweight, physically inactive, have high blood pressure, a history of gestational diabetes or a family history of diabetes) make lifestyle changes to improve their health.
This happens through a year-long commitment that offers 16 weekly sessions and eight monthly follow-up sessions that occur in a supportive environment that offers group encouragement led by a trained lifestyle coach. Participants become empowered to discover their potential to take charge of their health through learning realistic healthy living skills.
The goal of the program is for participants to lose 5 to 7 percent of their starting body weight; this weight loss typically represents roughly 15 lbs. and reduces one's risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.
Even after 10 years, those who participated in the I Can Prevent Diabetes lifestyle change program had a 34 percent lower rate of type 2 diabetes.
With diabetes statistics continuing to rise in 2018, these classes provide a vital community resource for Cottonwood County residents.
If you are interested in learning more about the opportunity for your organization to partner with Community Wellness Partners to offer the I Can Prevent Diabetes program in Cottonwood County, call 831-1987.
The statewide Diabetes Prevention Connection Line is another great resource for learning more about type 2 diabetes prevention or management and is accessible for anyone at any time by calling 1-888-643-2584.
With a curriculum dedicated to making healthy lifestyle changes for participants, the tools offered in the I Can Prevent Diabetes classes will help participants reach their wellness potential not only through 2018, but the rest of their lives. Be among the 20 percent who don't give up on their wellness resolutions by setting small, attainable goals and connecting with others in your community to get the support needed to meet your goals!
Through Des Moines Valley Health & Human Services and Nobles County Community Services, Community Wellness Partners addresses health prevention initiatives within Cottonwood, Jackson and Nobles counties. The Community Wellness Partners team builds partnerships to prevent and better manage obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, with a primary focus on eliminating health disparities.
Visit dvhhs.org or co.nobles.mn.us to learn more.

Amber Hughes is a public health educator with Community Wellness Partners, a branch of Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services.

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