(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.

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.

Tuesdays & Fridays at 9:30-10:15 am
June 1 – July 9
Spring Lake Park

Cost: Free for Premium members; $60 for Basic Members; $84 for Supporting Members; $120 for non-members

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Walk with Ease

Walk safely toward better health

Reduce pain, improve your health and be more active

Join Walk with Ease, the Arthritis Foundation’s doctor recommended program that is proven to reduce pain while improving your overall health. The six-week program provides motivation and tips to safely make walking a part of your everyday life. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes, this program is for you—even if you use a walker, cane or other aid.

Walk with Ease can help you:
• Reduce joint pain.
• Feel great while getting in shape.
• Learn how to walk safely, comfortably, and at your own pace.
• Increase balance, strength, and stamina.
• Learn stretching and strengthening exercises.

The next class begins in September 2021. Contact Katie Simon for more details at (507) 386-5591 or katiesimon@vinevolunteers.com

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