January is the start of a New Year and the start of new lifestyle programs available to the community, provided by Crow Wing Energized, free of costs.

Take this opportunity to make the healthy choice the easy choice for 2021 and beyond.

All classes listed below can be found at www.crowwingenergized.org/events

Aging Mastery

Aging presents its own challenges. For those 50 years old and older, Crow Wing Energized offers a program designed to help you master this part of your life.

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Aging Mastery is an online program available for free to those who are looking at mastering the six dimensions of aging well:

  • Gratitude and mindfulness,

  • Health and well-being,

  • Finances and future planning,

  • Connections and community,

  • Creativity and learning,

  • Legacy and purpose.

The program empowers you to make and maintain small but impactful changes. Past participants were asked what one change they made through the program and results ranged from drinking more water, taking better care of their physical and mental health, writing a health care directive and learning how to enjoy life more.

Virtual classes will be 90 mins, once a week for eight weeks.

Classes begin Tuesday Jan. 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. Instructors are Linda Kiefner and Ann Ricketts.

National Diabetes Prevention Program

The National Diabetes Prevention Program, also known as the Lifestyle Change Program, aims to help participants lose 5-7% of their body weight and incorporate 150 mins of activity per week over the yearlong program. You will learn healthy eating, activity tips, habit and lifestyle changes. By incorporating all of these things your risk of Type 2 Diabetes is reduced or eliminated.

Past participant, Brian Lehman, is an example of the positive changes that can occur through the program.

“Once I started tracking how poorly I was eating and my calories burned from physical activity; I made adjustments,” he said. “Through this I was able to lose about 40 pounds is a relatively short time frame (without dieting), just making a major change in my physical activity (goal of 10,000 steps per day) and what I was eating.”

Participants in the program are encouraged to log their food, strive for 150 minutes of physical activity weekly and are giving individual fat gram goals. The program focuses on healthy eating, physical activity and mental well-being as a comprehensive way to prioritize healthy lifestyles.

“Being healthy physically only works if you develop healthy eating habits,” Brian said. “I have kept the weight off, increased my core strength and am probably in the best shape of my life at age 57.”

Brian Lehman (right) said he lost 40 pounds in a relatively short time by making a goal to walk 10,000 steps per day and track what he was eating. This picture is of Brian and Ethan Lehman was taken in January of 2020. Submitted photo
Brian Lehman (right) said he lost 40 pounds in a relatively short time by making a goal to walk 10,000 steps per day and track what he was eating. This picture is of Brian and Ethan Lehman was taken in January of 2020. Submitted photo

Coaches give individualized feedback to each participant to make sure they stay on track and are supported in their journey to a healthier lifestyle.

To find out more about the upcoming National Diabetes Prevention Program classes visit the link listed below. Classes will be offered virtually and free of cost.

Instructors/time -Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. beginning Jan. 28 with Kara Schaefer or Wednesdays from 12-1 p.m. beginning Feb. 10 with Deb Bergstrom.

Stay Active and Independent for life

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through these evidence-based programs and partnerships, the number of falls amongst seniors can be dramatically reduced.

Stay Active and Independent for Life is a strength, balance and fitness program for adults 65 and older. Performing exercises that improve strength, balance and fitness is the single most important activity adults can do to stay active and reduce their chances of falling. The entire curriculum of activities in the Stay Active and Independent for Life program can help improve strength and balance, if done regularly. This class is one-hour long, three times a week for a total of eight weeks. Participants are encouraged to attend at least 1-2 classes a week to see the benefits.

Instructors/Time - Classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9-10 a.m. starting Jan. 11. They will run for 8 weeks. Deb Bergstrom and Valerie Jones are the instructors.

Self-Care: Healthy Practice vs Indulgence

Are you interested in participating in a Crow Wing Energized program but can’t commit to one of our programs? We have lunch and learn programs scheduled throughout 2021. Our first one on Jan. 20, focuses on self-care.

The topic of “self-care” often evokes one of two concepts: some consider it something to do only in crisis or burnout mode, and others view it as daily practice or lifestyle to promote optimal health and well-being. There has been much written about self-care, especially during COVID-19 in 2020. This interactive workshop will make self-care so easy and important that you will want to make it part of your daily routine this coming year and in the years to come.

The take-aways from this this workshop include:

1. A new approach to self-care that you can easily remember and make part of your daily routine.

2. Your own customized self-care plan that you can start tonight.

3. A way to transform your self-care efforts into an enjoyable routine.

Registration is required for this free lunch and learn program facilitated by Monica Anderson.

Stay informed for all upcoming opportunities by visiting www.crowwingenergized.org/events.