WEST DES MOINES | As a way to recognize November as National Diabetes Awareness Month, Hy-Vee stores will be focusing on health and wellness through diabetes education and lifestyle management programs.

Hy-Vee recently launched Begin for Diabetes, a lifestyle management program for adults and children that is being led by registered dietitians in the store's 246 locations.

People with diabetes face a specific set of health and nutrition challenges, and the 10-week Begin for Diabetes programs are customized to help attendees address those issues and manage their conditions.

"During National Diabetes Awareness Month, we want to remind the public that help is available," Kristin Williams, Hy-Vee's senior vice president and chief health office, said. 

Hy-Vee's Begin program provides building blocks for weight management through detailed journals and recommendations for healthier eating, including biometric screenings. More than 20,000 people have completed the 10-week program. A four-week Begin 4 Kids program that emphasizes food groups, activity and healthy eating is available in addition to the Hy-Vee KidsFit program.

To learn more about the Begin programs, go to Hy-Vee.com or contact the registered dietitian at your local Hy-Vee. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website for more information on National Diabetes Awareness Month.

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