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HealthStyles: Creating Healthy Lifestyles

Emilie Leblond RD, BSc

Did you know that many different factors like age, gender, diet and fitness level can place you at risk for developing diabetes?

The good news is that over half of diabetes cases can be delayed or prevented with healthy eating and regular physical activity. Studies have shown that long-term lifestyle changes in diet, increased physical activity and modest weight loss can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. Modest weight loss means 5-7% of your body weight, which equals 10 to 14 pounds for a 200 pound person.

Let’s be honest, breaking out of a routine is not easy. As a Registered Dietitian, I have the opportunity to work with people who are looking to live a healthier lifestyle. You are not alone! We can work together for a healthier you. Are you over 18 years of age, a resident of Timmins, overweight or obese and at risk of developing diabetes? Looking for a supportive group environment that will guide you through manageable and life long lifestyles changes? We have a program for you! On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, the Porcupine Health Unit will be starting a new session of the successful year long program called HealthStyles.

The curriculum includes 22 sessions that address various topics, such as how to maintain a nutritionally-balanced diet, how to stay motivated and how to incorporate regular physical activity into a daily routine. The group setting will provide a supportive environment for those who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same healthy lifestyle changes. Together, participants will find ways to overcome obstacles while celebrating successes along the way.

Spaces are limited. For more information, contact me today at 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818.