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Jim Fehl says he was the proverbial couch potato. That is, until he and his wife Carol Mizeur enrolled in the Diabetes Prevention Program at Two Rivers YMCA in Moline.

The Moline couple started the class in July.  A trained, Lifestyle Coach leads the group. Students learn about healthier eating habits and an increase in exercise.

One of the goals of the program is to reduce body weight by seven percent over sixteen weeks. Carol and Jim are success stories. They have exceeded that goal. Jim started out at 218 pounds. Now, he is down to about 192 pounds.

Carol has lost twenty pounds since she made the commitment to a healthier lifestyle.

The two keep journals and chart their eating habits. Keeping track of fat grams and calories. One of the goals is to increase physical activity up to 150 minutes a week.

The two also enjoy walking.

Carol and Jim like to  travel, and say their healthier lifestyle makes travel even more enjoyable. The two say they have more energy and are more mobile.

Carol and Jim do not have diabetes. However, one in three Americans has pre-diabetes. That is a condition where a person's blood glucose is elevated but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis.  

With some simple changes in lifestyle, people with pre-diabetes can prevent the onset of diabetes.