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Monday, November 7, 2016

About Our Programs: I CAN Prevent Diabetes

By Sara Van Offelen, Regional Coordinator — Health and Nutrition, SNAP-Ed

One in three adults in the United States are at risk for type 2 diabetes, and most don’t know it. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in people with prediabetes when they make simple changes to increase physical activity and lose weight. University of Minnesota Extension Health and Nutrition staff teach Minnesotans who are at risk for diabetes how to make these simple changes through the program Individuals and Communities Acting Now to Prevent Diabetes© (I CAN Prevent Diabetes).

The I CAN Prevent Diabetes program provides tools and support for adults to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, including:
  • A four-month program of weekly, in-person sessions followed by an eight-month program of in-person monthly sessions.
  • Instruction on diabetes prevention focusing on nutrition and physical activity.
  • Goal-setting around physical activity, food selection and intake, as well as other health behaviors.
  • Personalized guidance and coaching from trained instructors.
Since we began offering this program statewide in 2014, participants have achieved an average weight loss of five percent of their body weight in the first four months of starting the program.

For more information about this program, including where it is offered, visit

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