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Improving Health and Quality of Life: Juniper’s Evidence-Based Programs

Juniper provides evidence-based health management programs through a large number of regional partnerships across Minnesota.

Evidence-based programs are proven to promote health and prevent disease among adults with chronic health conditions. Juniper programs have been developed using rigorous research and demonstrate reliable and consistently positive changes in important health-related outcomes among participants.

Aging is inevitable, falling is not. Many adults can benefit from learning low-impact exercise to improve balance and strategies to increase confidence and reduce their fear of falling. Juniper delivers evidence-based classes that have been proven to help older adults reduce their risk of falling.

A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

Tai Ji Quan – Moving for Better Balance
This program helps older adults improve their balance and reduce the likelihood of falling. Participants learn balance skills, good body alignment, and coordinated Tai Ji movements.

Stepping On
Stepping On offers participants a way of reducing falls and at the same time increasing self-confidence in situations where they are at risk of falling. It covers a range of issues, including falls and risk, strength and balance exercises, home hazards, safe footwear, vision and falls, safety in public places, community mobility, coping after a fall, and how to initiate a medication review.

Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL)
SAIL is a strength, balance and fitness program for adults. This class is designed to reduce the risk of falling by teaching participants how to perform exercises that improve strength, balance and fitness.

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While there is no cure for diabetes, knowledge about diabetes and self-management skills can improve the experience of symptoms and overall quality of life for those living with diabetes. Lifestyle changes can help reduce the likeliness of developing type 2 diabetes among people with pre-diabetes. Juniper offers evidence-based classes to address both of the above conditions.

Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
DPP is a collaborative, community-based, lifestyle change program designed for people with pre-diabetes. The topics include eating healthier, reducing stress, and getting more physical activity to become healthier.

Living Well with Diabetes (also known as Diabetes Self-Management Program)
Living Well with Diabetes is designed to help people with type 2 diabetes learn how to live well. Topics include: techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression, anger, fear and frustration; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating, appropriate use of medication; and working with healthcare providers.

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An ever-increasing number of people are living longer with chronic pain and/or multiple chronic conditions. Research has proven that people with chronic conditions can learn skills to effectively manage their illness and improve health outcomes. Juniper offers several evidence-based classes to improve functional abilities and deal more effectively with symptoms.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions (also known as Chronic Disease Self-Management Program)
This program is designed to help participants deal with chronic conditions. Topics include: techniques to deal with 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, and how to evaluate new treatments. Juniper also offers Tomando Control de su Salud, a Spanish-language culturally appropriate version of Living Well with Chronic Conditions.

Living Well with Chronic Pain (also known as Chronic Pain Self-Management Program)
This class is designed for people who have a diagnosis of chronic pain, offering strategies for dealing with their symptoms. Topics include: techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep, appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, appropriate use of medications, communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, nutrition, pacing activity and rest, and how to evaluate new treatments.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP)
AFEP is a community-based recreational exercise program developed by the Arthritis Foundation. Trained AFEP instructors cover a variety of range-of-motion and endurance-building activities, relaxation techniques, and health education topics. The program's demonstrated benefits include improved functional ability, decreased depression, and increased confidence.

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Video Testimonials

Esther: How the evidence-based classes improved my life.

Dr. Jane Pedersen: Why evidence-based classes improve your health.