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I CAN Prevent Diabetes in Western Minnesota

Nutrition Educator Lynn Lokken helps folks in Dawson, MN make lifestyle changes.  And she's not alone

Four nutrition educators, trained as Lifestyle Coaches in the Individuals and Communities Acting Now to Prevent Diabetes© (I CAN Prevent Diabetes or ICANPD) program, are teaching classes for people at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

These classes are part of the Western Minnesota ICANPD pilot project that launched this February. ICANPD's evidence-based curriculum helps participants improve food choices and increase physical activity.

Extension's nutrition educators coach participants on choosing nutritious food, eating the right portion sizes, reading food labels, and adding physical activity. Participants in the pilot project support each other as they work toward two goals through these lifestyle changes:
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week
  • Lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight
These lifestyle changes reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in individuals at high risk.

Western Minnesota Pilot Project

The University of Minnesota Extension was awarded a very competitive grant from United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food & Agriculture to study the impact of the National Diabetes Program in rural Western Minnesota. (ICANPD is based on the National Diabetes Prevention program.)

The goals of the pilot project are threefold:
  1. Assess the usefulness and effectiveness of implementing ICANPD in rural communities.
  2. Improve participants knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy for making lifestyle changes.
  3. Determine and pilot the preferences of participants regarding distance learning methods.
Extension hopes to continue offering the ICANPD program after this pilot project has ended.
For more information about ICANPD in Western Minnesota, contact Sara Van Offelen.

More Resources

Learn more about the National Diabetes Prevention Program or I CAN Prevent Diabetes in Minnesota.

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