Community Nutrition Educator Lynn Lokken helps folks in Dawson, MN make lifestyle changes. And she's not alone.
Four CNEs, trained as Lifestyle Coaches in the Individuals and Communities Acting Now to Prevent Diabetes© (I CAN Prevent Diabetes or ICPD) program, are teaching classes for people at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
These classes are part of the Western Minnesota ICPD pilot project that launched this February. ICPD's evidence-based curriculum helps participants improve food choices and increase physical activity.
Extension's CNEs 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% of their body weight
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. (ICPD is based on the National Diabetes Prevention program.)
The goals of the pilot project are threefold:
- Assess the usefulness and effectiveness of implementing ICPD in rural communities.
- Improve participants knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy for making lifestyle changes.
- Determine and pilot the preferences of participants regarding distance learning methods.
Learn more about the National Diabetes Prevention Program or I CAN Prevent Diabetes in Minnesota and read our May newsletter (1.2 MB PDF).