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Smart Moves Class to Help Participants Live a Healthier Life

FAIRBURY – The second session of a brand new lifestyle change program will be offered beginning in February 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.

“We are thrilled to have three trained lifestyle coaches to work with our participants and bring this opportunity for lifestyle change to our community,” said Jill Duis RN, CDE.

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

The first session of the class began in October. Participants are seeing results and continue to make lifestyle changes to positively affect their health for the future.

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 will meet in a small-group setting weekly for one-hour presentations. For the second portion of the program, participants will meet monthly.

The program will provide 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 program has been proven successful, Edeal said.

“This is a proven program we bring to our area residents. While lifestyle change is never easy, it is possible, especially when participants get the education and support they need,” Edeal said.

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 criteria.

The first class of the next session will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Pre-registration is required by Feb. 16. Call Lisa Edeal RD, LMNT, at (402) 729-6846 or email lisa.edeal@jchc.us for more information.

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