Chinatown YMCA kicks off Diabetes Prevention Program with Diabetes Awareness Health Fair

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San Francisco, CA – The Chinatown YMCA, in partnership with Chinese Hospital, the Chinese Community Health Plan, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association and NICOS hosted a Diabetes Awareness Health Fair on Friday, February 21st at the Chinatown YMCA.

This event was held to promote healthy living for disease prevention, and is free to the community. This Press Conference and Health Fair kicked off the YMCA of the USA’s Diabetes Prevention Program at the Chinatown YMCA.

The Diabetes Prevention Program, which will be led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance. Participants will learn strategies for eating healthier, increasing physical activity and making other changes that will improve overall health and well-being. The first session of the Diabetes Prevention Program is scheduled to start in March of 2014. This group will meet at 7:00am on Monday mornings for one hour. The cost of this program is $429.00/year. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

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The Chinatown YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, as part of the YMCA of San Francisco’s association-wide disease prevention efforts, is focused on helping participants reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes and gain tools for healthy living. The Program provides a supportive environment where participants can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce chances of developing the disease.

YMCA of San Francisco and the National Council of Young Men’s Christian Association of the United States of America have made a commitment to collaborate on efforts to support a national movement to increase awareness and take measures to prevent diabetes and its complications among groups at risk, and to help support treatment outcomes for individuals who have confirmed diagnoses or indications of pre-diabetes by promoting an effective lifestyle change.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program and is nationally supported by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance.

Interested participants should contact Louise Chang Ward, Senior Director of Wellness and Aquatics, at lchang@ymcasf.org or 415.748.3549.

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