Lifestyle Change Program

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Learn how to create a healthier lifestyle and prevent diabetes in a 22 session diabetes prevention program. Groups will meet with a trained instructor to help participants lose weight, eat healthier and increase physical activity. There will be 16 sessions offered over 6 months, and 6 monthly follow-up sessions for the remainder of the year.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a community-based, lifestyle change program that offers diabetes prevention education and support for people with pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes involves blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diabetes. An individual with pre-diabetes can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes. Diet and moderate exercise resulting in a 5-7% weight loss (usually about 10 -15 pounds) often work to bring blood sugar levels back down to a healthy range.

Here’s what one participant shared about the impact the lifestyle change class had on her life…

“I wanted to say how much I appreciate the Crow Wing Energized National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). I joined the Your Energized Year challenge this spring with minimal expectations. I knew I needed to get more active and thought maybe it would be a good start. I am so thankful for our awesome coach and the support of this program by Essentia Health. I am happy to say since joining the program, I went from getting no exercise to completing over 500 miles of walking. At my recent physical I had normal blood sugar, normal AIC, normal blood pressure and my resting pulse had gone from 92 to 64. Best of all I lost 41 pounds and doctor gave me a “ gold star”. I am sure this is just one example of the many lives that have been touched and changed by the Crow Wing Energized programs. Hopefully this gives you further encouragement to keep up the good work within the community!”

 Diane – Your Energized Year participant

For questions about the Lifestyle Change program please contact:
Jackie Thurlow, Community Coordinator

Advice and tips from instructors to compliment the 16-weeks of core education:
Our lifestyle change
Your energized year
Become a fat and calorie detective
Healthy eating
Move those muscles
Being active – A way of life
Balancing act within your life
Take charge of what’s around you
Problem solving
The challenge of eating out
Overcoming negative thoughts
Jump start your activity plan
The power of social cues
You can manage stress
Key to independent success


The Y movement is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We want to encourage members to utilize the Y as often as they can. Sometimes, it’s more convenient for members to utilize a Y in a different location when traveling, near a workplace or in another region. Now, full facility/full privilege YMCA members have the flexibility to use other Y facilities throughout the state, at no extra charge.

Simply present your active YMCA membership card and photo ID at any participating YMCA and enjoy free access. See complete Program Details below.

For a complete list of participating YMCAs and complete details visit on the web.

• The Reciprocal Membership Program is valid for YMCA full facility/full privilege members only. Program-only participants may upgrade to a full membership at any time to qualify. Silver Sneakers® members may use other Silver Sneakers® locations only.

• Visitors to other Ys must present a valid YMCA membership card and photo ID upon their first visit and complete a visiting member waiver or standard membership application form with liability waiver.

• YMCA full facility/full privilege members must use their home branch at least 50% of the time. Program discounts do not apply. Participating YMCAs reserve the right to restrict facility or program access. Other restrictions may apply.

602 Oak Street, Brainerd

218.829.47 67

Summer Hours
(begin Tuesday after Memorial Day)

Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday - 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday - Closed

Fall/Winter/Spring Hours
(begin Tuesday after Labor Day)
Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Saturday 7a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.