Did you know that November is National Diabetes Awareness Month? Do you live in the Indianapolis and Central Indiana Area? The local branches of the YMCA, (Young Men’s Christian Association), have set up a series of classes to help you get up and get involved in improving your health.
Why is it important that each of us get involved in activities at places like the YMCA? Diabetes is a tremendous health concern in our country. Nearly 25 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 79 million have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Are you still not convinced that it is time for you to get off the bench and get in the game? These numbers come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and give us a more accurate picture.
Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.
Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless steps are taken to STOP DIABETES.
Did you know that you can prevent or delay complications from diabetes type 2 by eating healthier, increasing your physical activity and losing a small amount of weight? The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle so that you can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
DO YOU QUALIFY?
Qualifying risk factors for YDPP (participants must have a BMI greater than 25 and any two of the following):
blood pressure is 140/90 or higher
elevated cholesterol levels
participates in physical activity less than two times per week
has or had a parent or sibling with diabetes
has been diagnosed with pre-diabetes
had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy), or given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
45 years or older
Ransburg YMCA, Thursday 5 P.M., Nov. 3- Feb. 23
Baxter YMCA, Saturday 11: 30 A.M. Nov. 5- March 10
Hendricks Regional Health YMCA, Monday 5:30 P.M., Nov. 7- Feb. 20
Jordan YMCA, Monday 5 P.M., Nov. 7- Feb. 20
Fishers YMCA, Tuesday 6:30 Nov 1- Feb. 14
You can learn more about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program and find out if you qualify for the program by calling 317-266-9622. You can also stay connected with with Facebook for helpful tips and videos from participants involved in our YDPP program!