Diabetes Wellness Weekend

Diabetes Wellness Weekend

From Menus to Mindfulness

April 8-10, 2016

Join us at Mohonk Mountain House, a Victorian castle resort in the heart of the Hudson Valley, for a weekend that can change your life!

Our new program, Diabetes Wellness Weekend: From Menus to Mindfulness, offers a simple and effective approach to understanding type 2 diabetes and the small steps that can truly make a difference in your well-being. The goal of this weekend is to inspire you to take small steps that can lead to big improvements in your health.

  • If you or a loved one has type 2 diabetes and are wondering what needs to change in your lifestyle...
  • If you're confused by the information you've gotten and want some clarification and support…
  • If you'd like to gain important insights and have fun at the same time...

This weekend is for you!

Within the inspirational setting of Mohonk Mountain House, our Diabetes Wellness Weekend will enhance your understanding of nutrition, food choices, and food preparation.  In addition, you will have opportunities to explore a variety of physical activities at your own pace.  And, since self-awareness is such a powerful tool for changing old habits, you'll learn how to apply mindfulness meditation techniques to reshape behaviors that do not support health.

Integrating cooking demonstrations, activities and discussion with time for you to enjoy the many pleasures of Mohonk Mountain House, this weekend presents a "Change Your Life Perspective" in a way that you can bring home and start using immediately.

Come join Chef Jennifer Stack, R.D.N., C.D.E. and Nina Smiley, Ph.D. this weekend and share their passion for delicious food, mindful moments, and simple steps that can help you achieve a life of good health, good food, and good living!  

Rates include:

  • Three delicious meals daily
  • Charming accommodations
  • Most resort activities

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Details on the Diabetes Wellness Weekend:


Friday, April 8

8:30 - 9:30 p.m.:  Welcome, Overview, and Dessert!                             

Join Jennifer and Nina, your program leaders, to sample some diabetes-friendly(DF) desserts that don’t rely on artificial sweeteners or just fresh fruit. Enjoy a taste of chocolate cereal crumbles, dark chocolate peanut butter mousse, and lemon ginger barley pudding and learn just how good DF desserts can be!


Saturday, April 9

Breakfast On Your Own

We invite you to use your journal to record questions and comments to bring to our morning session.

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.: Four Simple Steps to Stabilize Your Blood Sugar

Jennifer will present the basics of Diabetes Wellness and some easy ways to manage your blood sugar and health.

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.: Break and Activity Burst.

11:30 - 12:30 p.m.: Good, Better, Best – Put Your Menus to the Test!                                                                                                             

Enjoy a cooking demonstration and tasting as you learn how to combine great ingredients in simple dishes. We'll look at some menus and learn how to make mindful choices.


Group seating is available with Nina and Jennifer if you'd like to dine together to ask questions, learn more, or simply enjoy each other's company.

Saturday Afternoon – Time Especially for You!                                                                   

There’s so much to do on our mountaintop – this afternoon is time for you! Hiking, a fitness class, yoga, ice skating… perhaps a swim in our indoor heated pool? Or visit the award-winning Spa at Mohonk Mountain House and learn for yourself why the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine voted this spa “the Number One Resort Spa in the United States.”  You may want to save time to read in front of a cozy fireplace or take a nap before dinner…

1:45 - 2:00 p.m.: Post-Meal Blood Sugar High? Walk It Off!

Meet Jennifer at the Central Stairs to learn how walking can lower your blood sugar, then enjoy a leisurely hike at 2:00 p.m. with Mohonk's Recreation guides.

Saturday Dinner and Sunday Breakfast On Your Own                                                                     

Enjoy these meals on your own, or perhaps make a date with fellow participants. Either way, you’ll have copies of the menus to mark with your own assessment of Diabetes Wellness choices, as you continue to gain understanding and confidence in using your new skills in real-life settings.


Sunday, April 10

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.: Please Your Palate - Love Those Low Carbs               

This morning, Jennifer’s cooking demonstration will focus on reducing calories and carbohydrate control. Bring your marked-up menus and journal and enjoy a lively discussion with Jennifer and Nina as we continue to hone our understanding of how to use strategy and self-knowledge in making food choices.

11:00 - 12:00 p.m.: Bringing Sustainable Success Home With You!                                           

Fill your toolkit with tips and tricks about menus and mindfulness to help you nail your numbers. 


Group seating is available with Nina and Jennifer if you'd like to dine together and ask questions, learn more, or simply enjoy each other's company.

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Program Leaders:

Jennifer Stack

Jennifer Stack, R.D.N., C.D.E. A registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes educator, and professionally trained chef, Jennifer is the author of The Diabetes-Friendly Kitchen 125 Recipes for Creating Healthy Meals (Houghton Miffin Harcourt, 2012).  As a recognized authority on food and nutrition her easy to follow advice, cooking tips, and recipes have been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, CNN Morning News, ABC's "Good Morning America", and The Food Network. 

Nina Smiley

Nina Smiley, Ph.D., received a degree in psychology from Princeton University, followed by a teaching and research career.  Co-author of The Three Minute Meditator, Nina's work has been seen in O, The Oprah magazine, Shape, Real Simple, and Marie Claire. In her work as Director of Mindfulness Programs at Mohonk Mountain House, Nina leads programs and teaches private classes on mindfulness, weight loss, and wellness.

See you there!

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