Fond du Lac Family YMCA offers Diabetes Preventio…


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FOND DU LAC – The Fond du Lac Family YMCA will host an informational Diabetes Prevention Program Session Zero from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, in the Board Room at the Fond du Lac Family YMCA, located at 90 W. Second St.

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The innovative program proven to reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes, one of the nation’s costliest chronic diseases, by 58 percent overall in new cases of diabetes and by 71 percent in adults over 60.

At the Diabetes Prevention Program Session Zero, prospective participants will have the chance to learn more about the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, as well as hear testimonials from past participants and meet Mary Jo “MJ” Neumann, Healthy Living director. The session is free.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong program with the first 16 sessions delivered weekly over 20 weeks, followed by sessions 17 to 19 delivered every other week, then sessions 20 to 25 delivered monthly. In a relaxed classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will help participants learn skills that will help them incorporate healthy eating as well as increase physical activity and other behavior changes into their everyday lives.

Classes are based upon interest. Additional classes, with varying class times and days of the week to accommodate all schedules, will be formed throughout the year. 
The goals of the program are 7 percent weight loss and an increase in physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

To be eligible for this program, participants must be at least 18 years old with a BMI of 25 or greater and at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, or have been diagnosed with prediabetes. Youth under 18 and persons diagnosed with diabetes do not qualify. A YMCA membership is not required for participation.

Participants can register in advance in person at the Fond du Lac Family YMCA, 90 W. Second St., Fond du Lac, or over the phone at 920-921-3330.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is supported by the Centers for Disease Control…

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