Bridge to Wellness

Diabetes Prevention Program

What Is the Diabetes Prevention Program?  It is a lifestyle change intervention program where groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. During each session, alifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion.

 For example, you will learn to:

  • Eat healthy
  • Add physical activity to your life
  • Manage stress
  • Stay on track when eating out

Am I at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?

You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older;
  • Are overweight;
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
    • Ever had diabetes while pregnant which disappeared after the delivery (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.

If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes. You may also take this quick test to determine if you are at risk. 

If I am prediabetic, how do I enroll?

Contact Wellness Coordinator, Angel Hohenstein at 218-730-5201 or email ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov to sign up or ask more question. 

When and Where will the class take place? 

The course will be held on Thursdays beginning April 7th, from 5pm-6pm, at City Hall. This course is a commitment and those interested MUST pre-register with Angel. 

For more information regarding course curriculum please visit www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention 

Upcoming Events/Activities 

  • May is Bus/Bike/Walk month -I challenge you to try an alternate mode of transportation this month! Specifically, May 16th-20th is bike to work week - can you pledge to ride to work? Email ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov with the subject line "pledge" to show your support of riding any or all of the week of May 16-20.
  •  May is also Lymes Disease Awareness Month.  Whether you (or your pet) are out enjoying our great trail system or just out working in the yard, the threat of tick-borne illnesses is real.  Wood ticks are alive and well in the spring. If you cannot avoid being near long grass, be sure to check yourself over thoroughly.  Here are some quick tips to keeping the ticks at bay: wear long-sleeve/pant protective and light colored clothing (tuck pants into socks or boots), use a good tick repellent (DEET-based or Permethrin), and remove ticks as soon as you find them.  

  • Wednesday, May 18th - Group Road Ride, led by Angel.  If you are interested in going for a nice bike ride meet at 5PM at Brighton Beach. We will depart by 5:15pm and head up Old Hwy 61. Depending on group size, abilities and weather, we will ride between 20-30miles.  Please RSVP with Angel for a head count!  Be sure you wear your helmet.

  • Friday, May 20th- Join in the 5th Annual Mayor's Ride! Ride to Bent Paddle for a luncheon presentation on "How Biking Benefits Our Local Economy".  Duluth Grill food will be for sale and you can purchase tickets here.

  • Summer Challenge is coming!! Beginning June 6th and running for 6-weeks, you have the opportunity to earn points and win big for being active! Challenge information can be found here.

  • It's time to start thinking about the Sidewalk Shuffle 5K Run & Walk! July 13th - the Sidewalk Shuffle 5K is a fundraiser for the Y's annual campaign and a great reason to get out and run. We will be looking for teams of 5 who want to participate in the event. Email Angel if you are interested!

If you missed Rock Climbing at the Y - there will be more opportunities! Check out Deb Strohm scaling the wall: 

Rock climbing

If you missed the Tobacco-Free Services presentation by Essentia Health representatives, please contact Angel.  If you or someone you know is trying to quit any form of tobacco, Essentia is here to help.  Please contact Angel at ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov or 218-730-5201 with any questions. 



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Health Assessment Summary Presentation 2-14-2013

Strategic Plan

We received a lot of positive feedback on the work that went into the strategic planning.  As you know, the strategic plan is a work in progress with follow up action items/goals, so please bring a copy with you for the next wellness meeting on August 7.

Wellness Committee Strategic Plan (PDF)


Mission Statement
The mission of the wellness program is to enhance our lives through the benefits of life long wellness; by providing diverse programs that appeal to a wide range of peoples personal preferences and needs.

Vision Statement
To create a supportive environment that will reinforce a safe, healthy and well-balanced lifestyle; leading to healthier and productive lives.

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