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St. Vincent de Paul Offers Free Virtual Wellness Courses for Those with Diabetes
By Cindy Dempski - Wednesday Jan 27, 2021
St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is kicking off the year with a new round of virtual courses touching on healthy eating, exercise and wellness for underserved and uninsured families. The free online classes are available through the nonprofit’s Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Family Wellness, which offers wellness education alongside a community of support and expert advice from registered dietitians.

The center, which had to completely shift its services to a virtual format, focuses on increasing access to trusted health resources for underserved and uninsured populations, who statistically have higher prevalence and increased risk for developing diabetes. It places special importance on practical and realistic lifestyle changes while still embracing cultural traditions and food in a healthy way.

Despite challenges, the center has been thriving under its new virtual format and has expanded its reach to over 60 zip codes in Arizona.

“We are grateful that we’ve had the resources to pivot our center to a virtual platform and want to welcome families from across the state to join us from their home,” SVdP’s Ivy Center for Family Wellness Director Elvia Lish said. “Type 2 diabetes is preventable. Helping more families reduce their risk of developing diabetes, especially during this pandemic, will be a great way to foster a healthier, happier community this 2021.”

The next round of courses starts in February. Courses are available in English and Spanish.

Topics include: diabetes management, diabetes prevention, healthy lifestyle changes, and meal planning, preparation and cooking demonstrations. Through community partnerships, the center also provides access to virtual exercise sessions for families, with classes specifically designed for parents and children.

Those interested in more information can call the center at 623-850-1143 or visit the website at

About the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the poor and providing others with the opportunity to serve. The Phoenix Diocesan Council has been assisting central and northern Arizona families since 1946. Programs include services for the homeless, medical and dental care for the working poor, charity dining rooms, thrift stores, a transitional housing shelter and general assistance for individuals in need.