How the Eugene YMCA is Helping People During National Diabetes Month

Did you know that an estimated one out of every three American adults live with prediabetes? That’s about 79 million people! And, of those 79 million, only 7% know they actually have it.

If you’re diagnosed with prediabetes, it means that your blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but you haven’t reached a diagnosis of diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases like heart disease and stroke. While prediabetes is pretty serious, the good news is that it’s a potentially reversible condition.

During November’s National Diabetes Month, the YMCA is working with residents of Eugene, Oregon to help decrease their risk of developing type 2 diabetes through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, people are learning how to make positive lifestyle changes that can improve their overall health. While the primary goal of the program is to delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, the average participant is also losing about 5% of his or her body weight! The formula for the YMCA’s success: healthful eating and increased physical activity.

From a program participant:

I don’t remember a life without diabetes and an awareness of my potential for diagnosis. I watched as my grandparents, mother, aunts, uncles and cousins struggled with the disease–and while experience was a great lesson, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program was the first education course to truly impact me.

My life has been so positively impacted that several friends want to know what I’m doing that is working so well for me. The straightforward, simple preventative approach of counting calories, decreasing fat and increasing activity is easy to follow. It is put into easy-to-understand concepts that help me to focus on achieving a goal of lifestyle balance.

I used to lay awake at night and try to figure out how to lose weight and lower my risk of getting diabetes. Thanks to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, I now know what to do, am doing it, and am experiencing success.

“Thank you” is not enough to say, but it will have to do. Thank you.”

“Working Together. Living Better.” Julie Grossman, Associate Executive Director of the Eugene Family YMCA, recites the familiar YMCA motto to herself and her team during her weekly staff meetings.

“We pride ourselves in staying connected to the community to ensure that we’re meeting their needs. Our staff is constantly looking for ways to bring innovative and evidence-based programs to our community that benefit the individual and our entire community,” says Grossman.

If you’d like to support the Eugene Family YMCA and its Diabetes Prevention Program, just sign up for the Civil War Healthy Life Challenge and pledge to go healthy between now and November 21. When you pledge to take part in a healthy activity, PacificSource will donate $1 on your behalf to the Eugene Family YMCA.

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