Wilmington Family YMCA wins grant for diabetes prevention

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The Wilmington Family YMCA has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation.

The money will be used to expand the YMCA’s Disease Prevention Program, which helps increase awareness of type 2 diabetes. The program focuses on adults who have a high risk of getting the disease by working with them to improve their lifestyles through healthy eating and exercise, among other things.

According to Marjorie Lanier, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program coordinator, 86 million American adults have prediabetes, but just 10 percent are aware of it.

“Here in the greater Wilmington area (New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties), an estimated 106,000 adults could have prediabetes,” Lanier said. “Knowing your risk for prediabetes is the key to taking control. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program empowers participants to make healthy living a way of life.”

The year-long program is comprised of 16 weekly classroom sessions followed by eight monthly ones led by a lifestyle coach. The goals of the program include encouraging participants to increase their physical activity to 150 minutes per week as well as a seven percent weight loss. The program has helped over 31,000 participants nationwide using its CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

New classes at the Wilmington Family YMCA are set to begin soon. Membership to the YMCA is not required to participate, and financial assistance is available for those who qualify. For more information, contact Marjorie Lanier by phone at (910) 251-9622 ext.261, by email at marjorie.lanier@wilmingtonfamilyymca.org or visit www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org.