Combating diabetes


The Champaign Family YMCA, Mercy Memorial Hospital and the Champaign County Health District are partnering to provide a free 12-week Community Diabetes Prevention Program. This class, which starts on Jan. 25, will meet noon-1 p.m. on Mondays at the YMCA, 191 Community Drive in Urbana. The program is open to adults already diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and those at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

Over 30 million American adults have diabetes. One-quarter of this total consists of people unaware that they have the disease. Additionally, more than 86 million American adults are “pre-diabetic.”

The program is led by three area professionals: Mercy Memorial’s chief clinical dietician, Elaine Dyar; Karla Green, the Champaign Health District’s director of nursing; and Jennifer Post, the YMCA’s health enhancement director.

Are you at risk?

A physician can tell adults if they’re at risk for developing diabetes with a simple blood test. Having risk factors – a family history of diabetes, being overweight, having elevated blood cholesterol, women who’ve had gestational diabetes – may put an adult at an elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

What to expect

Class participants will be encouraged to keep a food diary and workout journal throughout the 12-week program. Progress through the program will be partially gauged via pre- and post-class measurements of body weight, body composition and A1C measurements. Participants will learn to prepare healthier foods after learning what constitutes a healthy diet for managing/preventing diabetes. Exercise instruction is included to help participants maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Participants who are not YMCA members may pay $40 for the 12-week program, then use the YMCA facility and programs. Each participant who successfully completes the program will receive a one-month membership to the YMCA at the time of graduation. Participants are encouraged to pick up a physician referral form from the Y or from the Health District.

For additional information, contact YMCA Health Enhancement Director Jennifer Post at 937-653-9622.

YMCA Health Enhancement Director Jennifer Post and Health District Director of Nursing Karla Green Health Enhancement Director Jennifer Post and Health District Director of Nursing Karla Green Courtesy photo
Y, MMH, Health District offer prevention program

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Submitted by the Champaign Family YMCA.

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