YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Kicks Off New Fall Sessions

MIDDLESEX COUNTY — The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy will begin new sessions of its Diabetes Prevention Program to help those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk through healthy eating, increased physical activity and weight loss – an approach that has been proven to prevent or delay the onset of the disease by more than half.

John M. is a recent program graduate who credits the program for improving his health. “I learned I was borderline diabetic, and I knew I needed to do something about it. I was looking for a program with real interaction among other people facing the same struggle. Recently, I lost more than 50 pounds, and I accomplished this with the help of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Eating smaller portions was difficult at first, because I’m a food guy. I really enjoy eating food, but this program taught me about nutrition and helped me establish a habit of eating healthier foods that I enjoy. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program changed my life. I am balancing my life better and am altogether healthier, happier and more confident.”

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will help you change your lifestyle by learning about healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions. Topics covered include nutrition, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more. After the initial 16 core weekly sessions, you will meet monthly for up to a year for added support to help them maintain their progress.

Program Goals:

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

New Classes Begin:

  • Oct. 16 @South Amboy YMCA-6:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Oct. 24 @ YMCA Corporate Office-6:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Oct. 23 @ Affinity Federal Credit Union-5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Nov. 4 @ Edison YMCA 11:30am-12:30pm

To find out if you qualify or to register for a new class contact: Keisha Griffin, YDPP Community Connections Coordinator @ 732- 516-9200 ext. 1112. For more information on the program go to www.ymcaofmewsa.org

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