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Smart Moves Class to Help Participants Live a Healthier Life

The third session of a successful lifestyle change program is being offered beginning in September at Jefferson Community Health Center 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.

Lifestyle coaches who lead the program are Jill Duis RN, certified diabetes educator; JCHC Dietitian Lisa Edeal RD, LMNT; and Craig Bontrager, director of the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center.

“This program has been successful in helping participants to make lifestyle changes which positively impact their health,” Edeal said.

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. JCHC 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 monthly.

The program provides lifestyle coaching and group support, promote healthier eating and weight loss, explore ways to be physically active, create strategies to overcome barriers, and teach participants how to apply coping skills to stay successful.

The cost of the program is $150 for the full year. This fee includes not only the program, but also a six-month membership to the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center (a $200 value.) Financial assistance is available from Public Health Solutions for those who meet certain financial eligibility criteria.

Pre-registration for the third session is needed by Sept. 14. Call Lisa Edeal RD, LMNT, at (402) 729-6846 or email for more information.