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The Central Coast YMCA, which serves more than 28,000 residents in Montery, San Benito, South and Santa Cruz counties, will now begin offering the nationally recognized YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – an evidence-based program shown to reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes – one of the nation’s costliest chronic diseases.
According to Center for Disease Control, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and a staggering 86 million, or 1 and 3, adults have prediabetes, but only 10 percent are aware of it.
“This is a call to action for people in our community to learn about their own risk for prediabetes and diabetes,” said Andy Weighill, Interim President & CEO/Chief Operating Officer of the Central Coast YMCA. “Adults who are at high risk can turn around their health and reduce their chances of developing the disease if they take action to change their lifestyle. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is proven to help them do just that.”
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating, and increasing their physical activity in order to reduce their risk for developing diabetes. Individuals who participate in the program take part in 16 one-hour weekly classroom sessions with a trained Lifestyle Coach.
Following these sessions, participants meet monthly for up to a year for added support in reaching their ultimate goals of reducing body weight by 7 percent and participating in 150 minutes of physical activity every week.
Enrollment for the program is open now.
For more information about this program contact Stacey Upton, Health Initiatives Coordinator at 831-757-4633 or visit centralcoastymca.org.