Diabetes Prevention Program Big Timber, MT




Big Timber Diabetes Prevention Program(DPP)

The Diabetes Prevention Program(DPP) is a lifestyle intervention program that helps participants become more active, eat healthier, and make sustainable changes. Kelsey Proue, a registered dietitian at Pioneer Medical Center, is heading a program that assists community members in a lifestyle change that offers more than just weight loss. This proven program can help people with prediabetes and/or at risk for type 2 diabetes make achievable and realistic lifestyle changes. DPP is a twelve month program offered to those 18 and older with a body mass index or BMI of over 24 and at least one of the following risk factors:

  • Pre-diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high triglycerides
  • Had gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) or delivered a baby >9 lbs.

A Big Timber resident, Brian Engle, was featured in The Big Timber Pioneer explaining his efforts to change his own personal lifestyle. Having the motivation, drive, and the assistance of the DPP, Brian successfully lost fifty-three pounds. See more of Brian’s story here.

Program Benefits:

  • 6 month gym membership
  • 16 weekly sessions with a registered dietitian
  • 6 monthly sessions with lifestyle coach
  • Cost is covered with Medicare and other private insurance

Health Fair Dates:October 12-14 2016 and May 2017

For more information on the Diabetes Prevention Program:

Contact Kelsey Proue  (406)932-4603 or kproue@pmcmt.org




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Sweet Grass Health and Wellness

Sweet Grass Health and Wellness is dedicated to the
community, both to the health of the people who live here and to their efforts
to enhance our way of life. Their mission is to strengthen community, promote
well-being, and improve health.  They advance their mission by the many activities, programs, and services they provide that benefit people of all ages and contribute to the health and vitality of their

The Sweet Grass Health and Wellness Foundation (SGHWF) was formed in response to the idea to build indoor pool and create a YMCA-like building in Big Timber, Montana.  Due to the excessive expenses of constructing such a facility, the organization had to reevaluate their mission and work toward creating community wellness and health by focusing on mind, body, and spirit until enough funds could be appropriated.

Meanwhile, the Sweet Grass Health and Wellness Foundation works to create healthier living areas (streets, environment, etc.) and provide education to help people understand the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle.  SGHWF co-sponsored the research and SGHW3publication of a Resource Directory of services and also helps sponsor two support groups with the Pioneer Medical Center.  In addition, SGHWF has brought in three programs under their nonprofit umbrella; the Horizons program to address poverty issues, the Big Timbers Creative Arts, and The Community Thrift Shoppe.  SGHWF co-sponsored the community’s First Annual Bike Rodeo in 2008 and continued to support the event in 2009.  The foundation recently purchased the building that formerly housed the Community Thrift Shoppe, and are in the process of renovating the building to house the SGHWF as well as the food bank, commodities, etc. under one roof.  The foundation’s annual fundraiser, The Raw Deal Run and Fun Walk, promotes wellness and fitness.  Recently decided to restore building which will house the food bank, commodities, etc. under one roof.  On October 10th, the foundation will hold it’s first annual Health and Resource Fair in the Big Timber Community.


Building a community recreational and therapeutic center is still a future goal of the foundation, and the foundation will continue to work towards this goal as funds become available.  The center would feature with a year round indoor swimming and aqua-therapy pool, indoor walking track, and a certified kitchen, dining and meeting area.  In preparation for the center, SGHWF has worked to acquire the funds to purchase and pay in full for a five acre lot of land that has been annexed into the City of Big Timber.  An irrigation well has been installed, and architectural firms have responded with interest.


Sweet Grass Health and Wellness also sponsors the “Mini Movers,” an exercise and tumbling program for 2 to 5 year olds, exposing them to the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. It provides a safe, interactive environment for young children to channel their energy and enhance development of their motor skills while interacting with others. Students are introduced to various forms of physical activity and exercise through games, tumbling, and movement. Because a healthy lifestyle will carry on throughout one’s life, offering this class will help to create a healthier community starting with our very youngest.

Mini Movers runs from September through April every year!  Click this link (Mini Movers Press Release) to read a press release on the Mini Movers program!


For more information, visit: www.sweetgrasshealthandwellness.org

Email: info@sghw.org



Sweet Grass Food

Started in 2008, the Big Timber Community Garden has a goal of providing nutritious and fresh produce to the community of Big Timber. Many gardeners give a portion of their harvest to the community food bank, the senior center, or sell at the farmer’s market.

Program Description:

  • What is the health and wellness or prevention project or initiative your organization or community has conducted? We were part of the Horizons Program sponsored by MSU in 2007. All of the participants identified food issues as an important need to be addressed. 
  • Please describe the project. When Sweet Grass Food started as a result of the Horizons Program, we felt a Community Garden was the easiest and fastest way to make a difference in our community. It has been a real volunteer effort to organize, fence, hook up water, lay out the plots, purchase necessary equipment, etc. All costs were covered early-on by a grant from Horizons Program and later from donations from the public. We see this as an ongoing program. In 2013 we renewed our lease for the land from the City of Big Timber for another 5 years. 
  • What are some key factors that make it a success? Volunteers, gardeners, plots are free, water is free to gardeners (paid for by donations to Sweet Grass Food), the tremendous diversity of folks who have plots.  
  • Who in the community participates? We have children’s plots, raised beds, semi-raised beds, plots on the ground, and participation from 93 years to 8 years old. There are 50 plots and all have been planted.  

Garden Success Story

The City of Big Timber was part of the Horizon’s Program sponsored by MSU in 2007. Participants were asked to identify needs of poverty in our community (poverty was defined as something missing or necessary for the well-being of the community). Every group identified food as a need. Several from the program went to work on their own to put together a plan for making a difference. We presented a plan to the Horizon’s Program and were given grant money to get started. The first project was to identify a plot of ground and we found a vacant lot owned by the City. When the city said they would lease for 5 years, we used some of the grant money to have the field excavated,  rocks removed, and dirt added. Next we purchased fencing materials to put at the perimeter of the lot and a person in the community who does fencing for his business volunteered his time to guide others and put up the fence. We then paid the City to put in the water line, and another person who does irrigation for his business volunteered to lay out lines and put in spigots at various spots in the garden for watering (the irrigation system has since been improved and can now be used to water fruit trees, currants and grapes).  We purchased a garden shed, had a bulletin board built, and the grade school art class painted the sign while the high school installed the sign on their community service day. The garden has taken on a life of its own. We have a “Harvest Feast” every fall and at that event we have a “Garden Growing Contest” sponsored by our local nursery (Blake Nursery). Gardeners plan the whole summer for what they will enter for best cucumber, heaviest tomato, longest zucchini, biggest onion, most herbs, best kids garden, tallest sunflower, and so forth. It is a great time and there are prizes for each. In 2011 we added the Great Pumpkin Contest where two gardeners pampered a couple of pumpkin plants and grew two at 217 lbs. and 247 lbs. respectively. The seeds for 2012’s pumpkins came from a 1400 lb pumpkin. Needless to say everyone is watching. The contest last year was at Citizen’s Bank in town – how we get the pumpkins to the bank will be a challenge. One of the nicest things about the garden is being there in the evening when most gardeners are watering, weeding, etc. and visiting. People who otherwise would not know each other are there getting acquainted. The Big Timber Community Garden is a great success. Another project of Sweet Grass Food is the Sweet Grass Food Producers Guide where we have compiled contact information about many of our local growers so we can buy things from them and support our own economy and community.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.sweetgrassfood.org.