When it comes to dealing with Diabetes, everyone needs a small push, pat on the back, and a helping hand sometimes. Participants get that and more with the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program where they spend a year surrounded by a group of supportive people with common goals. The program was developed by the YMCA and accredited by the CDC as an official diabetes prevention program to address the increase in Diabetes among residents of northwest CT.
It is administered locally by YMCA Northwest and supported by the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and Community Foundation of Northwest CT.
The goal of the program is to get qualified participants to reduce their risk of getting diabetes by reducing their body weight by 7% and increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week within the first half of the program. Unlike most diet and exercise programs, it does not use a one size fits all approach. Instead the counselors undergo extensive training to guide participants on modest, sustainable modifications to fit into their lives.
To qualify, participants must be 18 years or older, be considered overweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 25, and receive a pre-diabetes risk score from taking the program’s survey.
There will be an informational meet and greet with the program coordinator and facilitator to discuss the start of the next group and give details of the commitment on Thursday, August 31st, at 7 PM in the Torrington YMCA group exercise room at 259 Prospect Street, Torrington, CT.
For more information and to receive an informational brochure and risk assessment survey, call Mathew Montgomery, NSCA-CPT, Senior Health and Wellness Director at Northwest CT YMCA, 259 Prospect Street, Torrington, 860 489 3133, Ext. 135.
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.
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