Eat Smart - Get Fit
Why participate in Eat Smart - Get Fit?
People with prediabetes are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, many people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. NOW is the time to take charge and make a change!
Through group sessions in the Eat Smart - Get Fit classes, you will work with a trained Certified Lifestyle Coach and other participants to learn how to make lasting healthier lifestyle changes. The sessions focus on:
- Healthy eating
- Weight loss
- Stress reduction and coping skills
- Lifestyle change
- Increased physical activity
This year-long program includes 16 weekly sessions followed by 6 monthly sessions.
Who can participate in Eat Smart - Get Fit?
To be eligible, you must be:
- 18 years of age or older
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of >24
- Have documented prediabetes by blood test or have been told by a doctor that you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Have a history of gestational diabetes
Although a doctor's referral is not required, we recommend that you talk to your doctor to see if you quality. You can determine your risk by:
- Taking a blood test to measure your blood sugar
- Taking this Prediabetes Risk Assessment
What does the Eat Smart - Get Fit program cost?
Please call Monica Wacker at 308-344-8539 for the current price of enrollment. We also recommend that you ask your insurance provider if the National Diabetes Prevention Program is covered in your insurance plan. Scholarships are also available based on income.
Class Dates and Registration
There are several easy ways to learn more about upcoming class dates and registration:
- Click here for class dates
- Call Monica Wacker at 308-344-8539
- Email Monica Wacker at
- Print a brochure
Our Certified Lifestyle Coaches Through the National Diabetes Prevention Program
- Monica Wacker, RN, Certified Diabetic Educator
- Pat Rice, Registered Dietitian
- Paulette Burkhardt, RN
What is prediabetes?
Did you know that 86 million American adults have prediabetes. You could be one of them! Having prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. This condition raises your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Nearly 90 percent of adults who have prediabetes don't know they have it! Without a healthier lifestyle change, many people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years!
Risk factors include:
- 45 years of age or older
- Family history of type 2 diabetes
- Physically active fewer than three times per week
- Previous gestational diabetes