Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Superior Clinic is hosting a free 26-session Diabetes Prevention Program. The 12-month program starts Tuesday, Feb. 4.

It’s a community-based, lifestyle-change program that offers diabetes-prevention education and support for people with pre-diabetes and those at high risk for pre-diabetes. People who are age 18, overweight, do not have diabetes, are not pregnant and are rated at 5 or higher on the diabetes risk score test are eligible to attend.

The goal of the program is to create a healthier lifestyle and prevent diabetes by promoting weight loss through improved diets and increased physical activity. The group will meet with trained instructors weekly during the first four months, twice monthly in months 5-6 and once per month for the last five months.

They will cover topics including activity and food tracking; stress management; effective food shopping, planning and preparation; heart health; and many others.

“Over the last few years both facilitating this program and coaching, I have seen so many lives changed,” said Sarah Elizabeth, director of healthy living at the Superior Douglas County Family YMCA. “This program is not a fad diet or exercise program; instead, it teaches people how to make small changes to their lifestyles that add up to big sustainable changes.”

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Parking at the clinic, 3500 Tower Ave., is free.

For more information or to register, contact Elizabeth at (715) 392-5611, Ext. 103, or at

Learn more about the National Diabetes Education Program at