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YMCA program fights diabetes

August 2, 2011
The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The YMCA of Marquette County offers a diabetes prevention program to help those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain a healthier lifestyle to reduce their chances of developing the disease.

Over the course of five to seven one-hour classroom sessions, a trained lifestyle coach teaches participants how to change their lifestyle through healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes. After the initial sessions participants meet monthly for added support to help them maintain their progress.

The program goals are to reduce participants' body weight by 7 percent and get them to participate in 150 minutes of physical activity per week.

The program is based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight, a person with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by more than half. The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

For more information, contact Jenna Zdunek at 227-9622 or



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