YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Launches Charleston Cohort | Health, medicine and fitness
CHARLESTON – Program is changing the lives of people with prediabetes thanks to help from the Mattoon Area Family YMCA.
In 2018, the Coles Community Health Group saw a need in the community to provide supportive and preventive services to people at the point of developing diabetes.
Emily Hayden, director of wellness for the Mattoon YMCA, jumped at the chance to support doctors and patients who were looking to make permanent, healthy changes.
âThe Y is in a unique position to provide this service to support our healthcare system,â said Hayden. âAs a community organization, the YMCA can seem like a less intimidating place than a doctor’s office or a hospital.
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With vision and support, Hayden began to implement a nationally recognized program called the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program. The program is designed to serve people with prediabetes. Prediabetes increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Prediabetes affects an estimated 86 million Americans aged 20 or older, but only 10% know they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
The first cohort was launched in March 2019. The program is designed to help adults at risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk by adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating healthier and increasing blood pressure. physical activity.
During the program, participants receive support and encouragement from a trained lifestyle coach and other participants. The program consists of 25 one-hour sessions delivered over the course of a year. Participants also receive a YMCA membership as part of the program.
A new cohort will be launched in Charleston on Monday, June 14. Those interested in participating can contact their doctor or call Emily at 217-234-9494.
Cohorts have also been offered in Mattoon, Toledo and online. Even if a cohort does not start at a convenient time and place, the Y will work with participants to begin their health and prevention journey as soon as they are ready.
More information on the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is available online at www.mattoonymca.org.
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