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Hy-Vee offers new ‘Begin for Diabetes’ lifestyle management program

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Hy-Vee Inc. has announced it now offers a Begin for Diabetes lifestyle management program, in addition to its existing Begin and Begin 4 Kids programs. All three options are led by registered dietitians in Hy-Vee's 244 st...

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Hy-Vee Inc. has announced it now offers a Begin for Diabetes lifestyle management program, in addition to its existing Begin and Begin 4 Kids programs. All three options are led by registered dietitians in Hy-Vee’s 244 stores across its eight-state region.

People with diabetes face a specific set of health and nutrition challenges. The 10-week Begin for Diabetes program is customized to help attendees address those issues and manage their condition. Customers can schedule individual consultations or participate as part of a group for additional support.

During the sessions attendees will learn:

  • How to make smart choices when dining out.
  • How to count carbs and plan healthy meals.
  • Techniques to cope with the stress that can come with a diabetes diagnosis.
  • How to prevent complications and spot signs of hypo- and hyperglycemia.
  • To control portion size and keep food logs based on their dietary needs.

“About 29 million Americans have diabetes, and managing the disease can come with a significant learning curve,” said Kristin Williams, senior vice president and chief health officer at Hy-Vee. “Our registered dietitians are here to help educate and support program participants on their journey to making their lives healthier and happier.”
Hy-Vee’s Begin program provides building blocks for weight management through detailed journals and recommendations for healthier eating, including biometric screenings. More than 15,000 individuals have completed the 10-week lifestyle management program. The company also offers a four-week Begin 4 Kids program that emphasizes food groups, activity and eating for good health, along with the Hy-Vee KidsFit program and website that encourages children to get excited about moving and exercise.

“Whether the goal is to prevent or manage a diabetes diagnosis, lead a healthier lifestyle or ensure children learn about healthy eating habits and exercise, Hy-Vee is committed to optimizing each customer’s well-being at every life stage,” Williams added.

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To learn more about the Begin programs, visit https://www.hy-vee.com/health/begin-program/default.aspx or contact a Hy-Vee in-store registered dietitian.

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