The 10-week Begin for Diabetes program is customized to help attendees address those issues and manage their condition. Over that time 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; new techniques to cope with the stress that can come with a diabetes diagnosis; how to prevent complications and spot signs of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia; and how 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.