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Hockomock Y to Host Diabetes Prevention Program Info Sessions

Aug 29, 2017 03:30PM ● Published by Pamela Johnson

With millions of Americans at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, the Hockomock Area YMCA is encouraging community members to learn their risk and take action to prevent the disease. Currently, diabetes affects nearly 29 million people; another 86 million Americans have prediabetes, yet only about 10 percent are aware of it.

To learn more about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program at the Hockomock Area YMCA, the community is invited to attend either one of the remaining information sessions (two sessions were already held in August): Wednesday, September 13, 1:00 pm, at the North Attleboro Branch or Wednesday, September 13, 6:30 pm, at the Bernon Family Branch in Franklin.
 
Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose (sugar) levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Understanding your risk is the first step in preventing diabetes. Several factors including family history, age, weight and physical activity level can contribute to developing type 2 diabetes.
 
To take the diabetes risk test and learn more about the Y’s program, visit https://www.hockymca.org/north-attleboro/diabetes-prevention.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to help vulnerable individuals reduce their risk. The program uses a Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

The year-long program consists of 16 weekly sessions and three sessions every other week during the first six months, followed by 6 monthly sessions in the second six months. A trained lifestyle coach helps participants learn tactics for healthful eating, physical activity and other lifestyle changes. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program resulted from a study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which found that eating more healthful foods, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight could lead to better health in participants and an overall reduction of new type 2 diabetes cases.

Recently, the Hockomock Area YMCA received Full CDC Recognition Status for its Diabetes Prevention Program. It is the only organization in the state that is CDC-recognized based on the outcomes of their program.
 
The goal is to help adults at risk for diabetes reduce their body weight by 5 to 7 percent and increase their physical activity to 150 minutes per week. Studies have shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can prevent or delay new cases of type 2 diabetes in adults by 58 percent and by as much as 71 percent in those over age 60.
 
The program is available at more than 1,400 sites in 44 states. Locally, the progream is offered at all three branches of the Hockomock Area YMCA in Foxboro, Franklin and North Attleboro with programs set to begin in October in North Attleboro and Franklin.
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