Bridge to Wellness

Throughout the month of September we will be focusing on Colon Health. While it's not the most exciting topic, it is definitely one worth talking about: 

  • Your risk factors for Colorectal Cancer can be significantly reduced through maintaining a healthy lifestyle (healthy weight, physically active, don't smoke and limit alcohol use). In fact, the links between diet, weight and exercise and colorectal cancer are some of the strongest for any type of cancer.
  • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death when numbers for both men and women are combined. Starting at age 50, regular screenings can often prevent colorectal cancer by finding and removing polyps before they have the chance to turn into cancer. Screenings can also often find colorectal cancer early, when it is most likely to be curable. 
  • Late stage diagnoses result in a 30% lower survival rate and a greater than $100k cost difference on average (40% of our eligible members are overdue for a colonoscopy).
  • More information about Colon Cancer and Colon health can be found here

Even if you don’t have symptoms, regular health screenings are important.

And here’s some good news. Our health plan covers preventive care at 100 percent. That means you don’t pay out-of-pocket costs when you go to a clinic in your plan’s network.

Schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor to get the care you need to stay healthy for years to come. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, log on to your myHealthPartners account at www.healthpartners.com to search for one.

Upcoming Events/Activities 

DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM  if you are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes or Cardiovascular Disease, this FREE program is for you! Classes begin on September 28th, meeting weekly in room 106A of City Hall on Thursdays from 5-6pm for 16-weeks, then monthly for 6-months. The course is FREE, and is designed to help you establish healthy habits that will stay with you for life. Topics range from healthy eating, stress management, physical activity, sleep, and more. Angel is the Lifestyle Coach for this program. Contact her at ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov or 218-730-5201. 


THE BRIDGE TO WELLNESS EMPLOYEE & RETIREE HEALTH FAIR COMING NOVEMBER 1st! Join us at the DECC on November 1st from 8am-3pm for your free dose of everything health & wellbeing related! Free biometric screenings, flu shots, presentations, fitness assessments and functional evaluations, massages, hearing checks and more! 

Click on the "Health Fair" link on the left-hand side of this page to learn more. 



Check out the Lunch and Learn calendar for 2017 (locations for presentations to be announced): 





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, a lifestyle 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? 

Next class will take place on Thursdays from 5-6pm at City Hall in room 106A beginning September 28th. 

For more information regarding course curriculum please visit www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention 





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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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.

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