(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 Karen Christy at (507) 386-5589 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 or Karen at (507) 387-1666 for more information and to register.

Living A Healthy Life 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.

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.

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.

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.

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