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YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program comes to Parma

February 11, 2013 

Linda McVey (216) 509-3480
Rick Haase (216) 263-6836
Jeannie Roberts (440) 885-8181 

PARMA, Ohio – Are you or is someone you know at risk for Type 2 diabetes? Do you know the signs and risk factors? How do you find out, and what if the answer is yes, you do have some risk factors?

You would be well-served to drop by the Donna Smallwood Activities Center on Feb. 13 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. That’s when representatives from the Cleveland YMCA will be on hand to discuss their new Diabetes Prevention Program. The program encompasses 12 months and begins with 16 weekly sessions led by a trained Lifestyle Coach. Monthly maintenance follows.

Participants work in a small-group classroom setting and cover weekly topics such as “Be a Fat Detective,” “Being Active: a Way of Life,” “The Slippery Slope of Lifestyle Change,” and “You Can Manage Stress.”

Goals of the program are a reduction in body weight by 7% and an increase in physical activity to 150 minutes per week. Participants over 18 who meet certain criteria are eligible, and the program may be free for Medicare and Medicaid participants.

The first step, though, is learning more about the program and your potential eligibility. Potential participants may stop by the Smallwood Center on Wednesday or may contact Linda McVey, the YMCA’s Executive Director of Health and Wellness Services at 216-509-3480 or or Rick Haase, the YMCA’s Vice President of Marketing at 216-263-6836 or