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  • Writer's pictureHannah Valliere

Tioga Medical Center and Tioga Area EDC Launch Live Well Tioga

(TIOGA, ND) – Tioga Medical Center and the Tioga Area Economic Development Corporation are proud to introduce Live Well Tioga, a community health initiative that aims to provide residents with the wellness education and resources they need to live happier, healthier lives.

“Wellness can be defined as the active pursuit of the activities, choices and lifestyles that lead us toward an optimal state of health and wellbeing,” says Shelby Knox, PA, a provider at Tioga Medical Center and provider champion for Live Well Tioga. “When we make healthy behaviors part of our daily lives, we can actually prevent many of the most common and serious chronic diseases.”

According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, six in ten adults in the United States have a chronic disease and four in ten adults have two or more. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.

“So many people are ready to make a lifestyle change to better their health, but don’t know where to begin,” says Wendy Lenzen, president of the Tioga Area Economic Development Corporation. “Live Well Tioga will offer the tools and resources to get started.”

One of those tools is free monthly lunch and learn events. “We are so grateful for the opportunity to have experts from Mayo Clinic share their expertise with our community through these sessions. Topics range from meal planning and exercise to better sleep and stress management,” says Lenzen.

Live Well Tioga will host its first lunch and learn event on June 11 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tioga Medical Center Wellness Center (lower level of clinic). Mayo Clinic wellness expert Donald Hensrud, MD, MS, will virtually present “The Importance of Behavior and Lifestyle on Health.” A light salad bar lunch will be served.

Dr. Hensrud is a specialist in nutrition and weight management with more than 20 years of experience. He is an associate professor of nutrition and preventative medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Health Living Program. The first 25 registrants will receive a free copy of Dr. Hensrud’s book Mayo Clinic Diet Book, Third Edition.

To register, call 701-664-3368 or visit

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