Lifestyle Change Programs





This program is funded through grants from the 
Essentia-St. Joseph's Foundation and YMCA of the USA.
How the program works Healthy Weight and Your Child is a 25-session evidence-based program for children with obesity.  The program includes a Family Information Session followed by 25 sessions delivered over four months. The family-based weight-management program focuses on nutrition education and physical activity to encourage healthier eating habits and an active lifestyle to reach a healthy weight. Healthy Weight and Your Child’s curriculum is adapted from the most widely disseminated and extensively evaluated child weight management program in the world. Studies have shown that the program is cost-efficient and effective in reducing a child’s body mass index and waist circumference, reducing sedentary behaviors, increasing physical activity and improving self-esteem. The program is designed with the whole family in mind, engaging a child and adult in education, healthy eating and physical activity to elicit positive change and help families learn skills to live a healthier lifestyle long-term. Evidence shows that child weight-management programs are more effective when the whole family is involved and committed to adopting healthier habits. Healthy Weight and Your Child is delivered by two trained leaders: A Content Leader and an Activity Leader. Both leaders play an equally significant role in facilitating the program. The Content Leader delivers the education and nutrition portions of the program. The Activity Leader, trained to deliver evidence-based games and exercises safely for children with obesity, delivers the physical activity portion of the curriculum and supports the delivery of the content portion of the class. An Evidence-Based Program

  • Over 39 peer-reviewed publications have documented positive outcomes following the program
  • Developed by leading child health and weight management specialists using the best available evidence, clinical and government guidelines


Time Attendees Activity
60 min. · Adult

· Child

· Both Leaders

Facilitated activities and group discussion
     30 min. · Child

· Activity Leader

Moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity
     30 min. · Adult

· Content Leader

Facilitated activities and group discussion
30 min. · Adult

· Child

· Both Leaders

Moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity


Time Attendees Activity
15 min. · Adult

· Child

· Both Leaders

Collect Parent/Caregiver AND Child measurements: height and weight
45 min. · Adult

· Child

· Both Leaders

Facilitated activities and group discussion
60 min. · Adult

· Child

· Both Leaders

Moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity











Click here for a list of upcoming classes and to register 

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:
Kalsey Stults– Community Coordinator, 218.454.5901

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



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Brainerd, MN 56401

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