(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001

Evidence-Based Classes

Evidence-based programs (EBPs) offer proven ways to promote health and prevent disease. They are based on research and provide documented health benefits, so you can be confident they work. Older adults who participate in EBPs can lower their risk of chronic diseases and falls. EBPs are based on rigorous study of the effects of the programs and demonstrate reliable and consistently positive health changes.

Evidence-based programs are offered by VINE at the Adult Community Center and in locations throughout the area in collaboration with the MN River Area Agency on Aging, the MN Department of Health, and Blue Earth County SHIP.  Check the VINE Newsletter or call Katie Simon at (507) 386-5591 for additional information.

Diabetes Prevention Program

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) features an approach that is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. By improving food choices and increasing physical activity, participants can lose modest amounts of weight, and thereby cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. This program provides one year of on-going support from trained lifestyle coaches and other participants.

VINE’s Program is Unique

VINE hosts the Diabetes Prevention Program and is working to adapt the program to make it more inclusive for people with mobility challenges. Working in partnership with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), our aim is to make this evidence-based program more inclusive of people with prediabetes who:
• Have pain or discomfort due to health conditions such as arthritis, neuropathy, or osteoporosis.
• Use a cane, walker, or wheelchair or other tools to aid their mobility.
• Experience barriers to movement including fear of falling, inability to access certain spaces, or find it difficult to shop, prepare meals, or be physically active.

Your Participation is Important

If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes and can relate to any of the above descriptions, this program may be for you. Together with experts from MDH, the CDC, and the University of Minnesota Extension, VINE’s free Diabetes Prevention Program provides a full year of ongoing support from trained lifestyle coaches and other participants. Information learned through this project will help both you and others with prediabetes enjoy a healthier lifestyle and prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Call Katie at (507) 386-5591 for more information and to register.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Living a Health Life with Chronic Conditions (LHLCC) is designed to help people maintain wellness and continue to enjoy life while managing chronic health issues. Living a Health Life teaches skills useful for managing a variety of chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, depression, heart disease, and others. Participants will learn techniques to deal with problems associated with chronic disease, appropriate exercise, nutrition, and other topics.
Contact Katie at (507) 386-5591 for more information.

Living Well with Diabetes

Living Well with Diabetes helps people enjoy life while living with diabetes. Participants learn techniques to manage symptoms of diabetes, including fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, and stress.
Contact Katie at (507) 386-5591 for more information.

Matter of Balance™

Matter of Balance (MOB) helps participants reduce their fear of falling and increase their physical activity. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength, endurance and flexibility.
Contact Katie at (507) 386-5591 for more information.

PALs: Partners for Active Living

PALs is based on the EnhanceFitness™ exercise program that helps older adults of all fitness levels become more energized to remain independent and active. Each one-hour class includes aerobic exercises, strength training, stretching, and balance activities. Social support from other participants is also an integral part of the program. This class is appropriate for those who want a safe and gradual increase in their activity level. Exercises can be done seated or standing, and it is suitable for those who use a cane or walker.
Contact Katie at (507) 386-5591 for more information.

Stepping On

Stepping On is designed to reduce falls and build confidence. This seven-week class is based on research regarding people at risk of falling, have a fear of falling, or have fallen. Participants learn to identify and remove, or avoid fall hazards in the home and outside; how vision, hearing, medication, and footwear affect the risk of falling; simple strength and balance exercises; how to get back up properly if a fall does happen. Stepping On features trained facilitators and guest experts from Mayo Clinic Health System. VACC membership is not required.
Cost: A $20 fee covers the cost of class materials. Contact Katie at (507) 386-5591 for more information and to register.

Tai Chi for Health™

Tai Chi for Health is an effective exercise program for persons with joint or back pain, and those concerned about balance and falling. This specific Tai Chi program is easy to learn, and provides many health benefits in a relatively short time. Movements can be modified to accommodate mobility issues for any participant and can be done seated as well as standing. Participants will learn one or two movements per lesson, working towards completing six basic and six advanced movements.

Virtual Living Well With Diabetes

In partnership with Juniper, VINE will be offering a virtual Living Well With Diabetes program. Living Well With Diabetes is a group workshop designed to help people living with diabetes better manage symptoms and improve their daily lives. Classes will meet from 1 – 3 pm on Tuesdays, May 12 through June 9. This is a virtual class that will use Zoom for each session. All participants must have audio and visual technology capabilities. This could be a laptop or tablet with a camera and microphone or a smartphone. On May 5 at 2 pm, we will host a session “0” so participants can practice using Zoom and have support for technology challenges.

Register online at: https://yourjuniper.org/Classes/Register/2037 or by phone: Katie Simon 507-386-5591

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