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Lifestyle Change Classes

What is a Lifestyle Change Class?  

Well, we won’t change your hairstyle or help you select a new car. What we will do is show you how you can make some pretty easy changes to what you eat and how to move that will improve your health.  Click here for class reviews.

Trained coaches and fellow classmates help work through stress and frustration and provide support and encouragement along the way. 

Our trainers offer three different types of classes that are evidence-based and proven to work.  These have been shown to decrease the impacts of chronic disease conditions like pre-diabetes, diabetes, high blood pressure, lung disease, heart disease and arthritis. 

The classes do vary in who can participate and how long they are.  Please check out the information below and in the sidebar for more details.

Note:  All classes are for adults age 18 and over. 

Our Coaches

Our Lifestyle Change Coaches are trained at the New York State Quality Assistance Technical Center.  They are experts in teaching the programs and many have lived experience with chronic disease, so they understand the challenges you may be facing.


Who Can Attend:  Anyone diagnosed with pre-diabetes (has an A1c of 5.7 – 6.4), has a history of gestational diabetes or is at risk for developing diabetes. Also known as National Diabetes Prevention Program. (CLICK HERE to see if you are at risk)

Format:  This is a year-long class which meets one hour per week for 16 weeks then monthly after that. 

Class Description:

During the first half of the program, you will learn to:  

  • Eat healthy without giving up all the foods you love
  •  Add physical activity to your life, even if you don’t think you have time
  • Deal with stress
  • Cope with challenges that can derail your hard work - like how to choose  healthy food when eating out
  • Get back on track if you stray from your plan because everyone slips now  and then

In the second half of the program, you will enhance the skills you’ve learned so you can maintain the changes you’ve made. These sessions will review key ideas such as tracking your food and physical activity, setting goals, staying motivated, and overcoming barriers. You may learn some new information, too. The lifestyle coach and small group will continue to support you. 


Who Can Attend: Anyone with a chronic health problem, including anyone recovering from substance abuse.

Format:  This is a 6-week class which meets once a week for 2.5 hours

Class Description: 

  • Participants make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program.
  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and  isolation.
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility,  and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • Nutrition
  • Decision making
  • How to evaluate new treatments
  • Also known as Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)


Who Can Attend:  Anyone living with Type 2 Diabetes.  Caregivers and family members can also attend.

Format:  This is a 6-week class which meets once a week for 2.5 hours

Class Description: 

This program can help you deal with the symptoms of diabetes - including tiredness, pain, and emotional issues - by helping you learn how to eat and sleep better, manage your day-to-day activities more effectively, and more.

Topics include:

  • Techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes - fatigue, pain,   hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear, and frustration.
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and  endurance.
  • Healthy eating.
  • Taking medications as prescribed.
  • Working more effectively with health care providers.