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 

  • Summer Challenge June 6-July 17 has begun! It's not too late to sign up.  You have the opportunity to earn points and win big for being active! Challenge information can be found here.
  • June 28th - Hike on the Superior Hiking Trail for employees (friends and family welcome).  Meet at the Hawk's Ridge parking lot at 5pm and plan for a 2-hour hike out on the spur trail of the Superior Hiking Trail (heading towards Hartley Nature Center). RSVP with Angel at ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov  

  • 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)

Angel Hohenstein


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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