Health notes: Essentia offers diabetes prevention programEssentia Health will offer a free diabetes prevention program beginning on Jan. 7.
By: Compiled by John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Essentia Health will offer a free diabetes prevention program beginning on Jan. 7.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program is for people with pre-diabetes as well as those at risk for pre-diabetes, according to an Essentia Health news release.
The 24-session program was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the news release said. Participants will meet with an instructor once each week for 16 weeks, followed by eight monthly sessions. The classes address ways to eat healthier, increase physical activity and lose weight.
People are eligible if they are at least 18, are overweight, do not have diabetes and aren’t pregnant. They don’t have to be Essentia Health patients. Prospective participants should check first with their health-care providers to see if they have pre-diabetes and if they’re healthy enough for moderate exercise, such as walking.
About 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes, meaning their blood-sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.
Sessions will take place at the YMCA.
To learn more, contact program lifestyle coach Norbert Knack at (218) 786-4482 or NDPP.Duluth@EssentiaHealth.org.
Economics and health care
A health policy expert at the University of Minnesota Duluth will speak on how the U.S. provides health care in a free lecture this evening.
Jennifer Schultz, an associate professor in the Department of Economics and director of the school’s Health Care Management Program, will speak on “How we Ration, Value and Commercialize Health Care in the U.S.” at 7 p.m. in UMD’s Solon Campus Center (Room 120).
The address is sponsored by UMD’s Center for Ethics and Public Policy.
Purposefully purple people
The group that lit Enger Tower and The College of St. Scholastica’s Tower Hall purple on Nov. 3 is hoping people will dress in purple this Friday.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and its Twin Cities affiliate said in a release that Friday is “Purple with a Purpose Day.” It’s part of a monthlong effort to call attention to a form of cancer that still has only a 6 percent survival rate and is the fourth-leading cause of death among cancers, the group said.
They’ve chosen purple as the color to represent their efforts. Their goal is to raise awareness and research dollars in hopes of doubling the survival rate by 2020.
More information is available at pancan.org.
Health screens free on Friday
Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation is offering free health screens on Friday.
The event, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes tests for hearing, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, bone density and others. Those wishing to be tested for cholesterol should fast after midnight.
A free medication review also will be available. Those wishing to participate should bring a list of medications, including dosage and frequency.
The event will take place in the occupational therapy area at Chris Jensen, 2501 Rice Lake Road. Enter at the main entrance closest to Arlington Road.
Call (218) 625-6400 for questions or directions.
Essentia clinics certified
Three Essentia Health clinics in the region have been certified as health-care homes, and another six have been recertified, an Essentia Health news release said.
Health-care homes are being developed as part of health reform legislation passed in Minnesota in 2008. Coordinated efforts are used to care for patients with chronic illnesses or disabilities. The idea is to address patients’ problems early before they require more expensive care.
The news release cited recent data showing that patients receiving such care coordination reduced their emergency room visits by 42 percent and hospitalizations by 57 percent over a six-month period.
Essentia Health-Lakewalk Clinic, Essentia Health-Lakeside Clinic, both in Duluth, and Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic, all are newly certified. Essentia clinics in Superior, Deer River, Ely, Aurora, West Duluth and Duluth have been recertified.
Mind and body on PBS North
This evening’s edition of “Speak Your Mind” is called “Taking Care While Caretaking.”
It will focus on “the psychological benefits of providing care for others as well as the common stressors associated with caretaking,” says a news release from PBS North, Channels 8.1 and 31.1.
The half-hour call-in program airs at 7:30 p.m.
It follows “Doctors on Call” at 7 p.m. This week’s subject is ear, nose and throat problems.