(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001

Evidence-Based Classes

Evidence-based programs (EBPs) offer proven ways to promote health and prevent disease. They are based on research and provide documented health benefits, so you can be confident they work. Older adults who participate in EBPs can lower their risk of chronic diseases and falls. EBPs are based on rigorous study of the effects of the programs and demonstrate reliable and consistently positive health changes.

Evidence-based programs are offered by VINE at the Adult Community Center and in locations throughout the area in collaboration with the MN River Area Agency on Aging, the MN Department of Health, Juniper and Blue Earth County SHIP.  Check the VINE Newsletter or call Jen at (507) 386-5588 for additional information.

Diabetes Prevention Program

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) features an approach that is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. By improving food choices and increasing physical activity, participants can lose modest amounts of weight, and thereby cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. This program provides 16 weekly sessions of on-going support from trained lifestyle coaches and other participants and with monthly booster sessions.
Diabetes Prevention Program
The next program begins on Tuesday, September 24
1 – 2 pm
Contact Jen to determine your eligibility at (507) 386-5588 or jenw@vinevolunteers.org.

Forever Fit

Forever Fit (formerly PALs) helps older adults of all fitness levels become more energized to remain independent and active. This EnhanceFitness™ class goes by the name “Forever Fit” and follows the evidence based program design that leads to improved health outcomes. Each one-hour class includes aerobic exercises, strength training, stretching, and balance activities. Social support from other participants is also an integral part of the program. This class is appropriate for those who want a safe and gradual increase in their activity level. Exercises can be done seated or standing, and it is suitable for those who use a cane or walker.
Contact Lisa at (507) 386-5851 for more information.

Living Well with Diabetes

Living Well with Diabetes Class

Participants learn practical skills to take care of themselves and lead healthy lives while managing their diabetes. For more information and to register, contact Jen Wunderlich at (507) 386-5588.
The next Living Well with Diabetes Program will be held on Tuesdays, April 9 – May 14 from 9:30 – 11:30 am at the VINE Adult Community Center.



Qigong incorporates coordinated body postures and movement, with breathing and meditation. Benefits include pain relief and mind-body integration.

Stepping On

Stepping On is designed to reduce falls and build confidence. This seven-week class is based on research regarding people at risk of falling, have a fear of falling, or have fallen. Participants learn to identify and remove, or avoid fall hazards in the home and outside; how vision, hearing, medication, and footwear affect the risk of falling; simple strength and balance exercises; how to get back up properly if a fall does happen. Stepping On features trained facilitators and guest experts. VACC membership is not required.

Next Series:
Tuesdays, June 11 – July 23
10 am – 12 pm
VINE Adult Community Center

Cost: Free and open to the public. Contact Jen at (507) 386-5588 for more information and to register.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi teaches a new movement during each session. This specific program is easy to learn and provides many health benefits in a short time.
For inquiries, contact Jen at (507) 386-5588.

Tai Chi
Mondays and Thursdays, June 24 – August 1
9:30 – 10:15 am
Sibley Park (Shelter #3)
VINE Adult Community Center (in case of bad weather)

Free for Premium members, $30 Basic, Social, or the public


Tai Ji Quan

Tai Ji Quan helps participants improve their balance and reduce the likelihood of falling. Participants learn balance skills, good body alignment and coordinated Tai Ji movements. This class is good for all ability levels, as it can be done standing or seated. For more information and to register, contact Jen at (507) 386-5588.

Walk with Ease

Walk safely toward better health

Reduce pain, improve your health and be more active

Join Walk with Ease, the Arthritis Foundation’s doctor recommended program that is proven to reduce pain while improving your overall health. The six-week program provides motivation and tips to safely make walking a part of your everyday life. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes, this program is for you—even if you use a walker, cane or other aid.

Walk with Ease can help you:
• Reduce joint pain.
• Feel great while getting in shape.
• Learn how to walk safely, comfortably, and at your own pace.
• Increase balance, strength, and stamina.
• Learn stretching and strengthening exercises.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 3 – July 12, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Call Jen to register at (507) 386-5588.