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You Can’t Afford to Ignore Prediabetes

YMCA of South Palm Beach County encourages Palm Beach County residents to learn the factors for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes on American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

Palm Beach County, FL (March 22, 2017) – March 28 is American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Day® and with millions of Americans at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, the YMCA of South Palm Beach County urges residents of Palm Beach County to take action to prevent the disease. Currently, diabetes affects nearly 29 million people; another 86 million Americans have prediabetes, yet only about 10 percent are aware of it. Diabetes also puts an incredible strain on our health care system, costing billions of dollars a year to treat and manage the disease.

Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose (sugar) levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Here in Palm Beach County an estimated 112,981 were diagnosed with diabetes in 2012 according to the CDC. (https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/data/county.html).

Understanding your risk is the first step in preventing diabetes. Several factors including family history, age, weight and physical activity level can contribute to developing type 2 diabetes. Learn your risk for type 2 diabetes by taking the diabetes risk test at ymca.net/diabetes.

“In addition to the health risks, type 2 diabetes puts and enormous cost burden on our health care system. In 2012 alone, diabetes cost $245 billion to manage, and that number will only go up without intervention before the disease develops,” said Robin Nierman, Director of Health Strategies, YMCA of South Palm Beach County. “Studies show that people with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes that include eating healthier and increasing physical activity.”

For those at risk for diabetes, the next step is to make the necessary changes to help prevent the disease. Programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help. Facilitated by a trained Lifestyle Coach, the year-long program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about behavior changes that can improve overall health. The goal of the program is to help adults at risk for diabetes reduce their body weight by 5 to 7 percent and increase their physical activity to 150 minutes per week. Studies have shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can prevent or delay new cases of type 2 diabetes in adults by 58 percent and by as much as 71 percent in those over age 60.

To date, more than 170 people have participated in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program here in South Palm Beach County.  A past participant who participated in the program at the Peter Blum Family YMCA remarked that her vision for the future had changed for the better after meeting the 7% weight loss goal. She feels more confident and energetic after completing the program.  The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. The program is available at more than 1,700 sites in 47 states. 

To learn more about the YMCA of South Palm Beach County’s Diabetes Prevention Program, please contact Robin Nierman at 561-300-3227 or rnierman@ymcaspbc.org.                                                                 

About the YMCA

The YMCA is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit social services organization dedicated to Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. It is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community. The YMCA of South Palm Beach County is comprised of: The Peter Blum Family YMCA of Boca Raton, The DeVos-Blum Family YMCA of Boynton Beach, The Schmidt Family YMCA Preschool at the Volen Center, the YMCA@901 NCCI, and the YMCA of South Palm Beach County’s Community Outreach Center at NCCI. For more information please visit www.ymcaspbc.org.

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YMCA of South Palm Beach County to Hold Ribbon Cutting and Community Open House for Boynton Beach Facility Grand Re-Opening

Greater Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce to be part of Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 

Palm Beach County, FL (January 19, 2017) – The YMCA of South Palm Beach County has made a capital investment in renovating their Boynton Beach DeVos-Blum Family Y branch which first opened in 2000.  

To show off the Y’s new look, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be hosted on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2017, from 11am-1pm at the DeVos-Blum Family YMCA branch in Boynton Beach, 9600 S. Military Trail, Boynton Beach, FL 33436.

“We are excited to show off our new Y to the community,” states Executive Director of the DeVos-Blum Family Y in Boynton Beach, Barry Davis.

Renovations include a new performance training area, a newly renovated wellness center with brand new cardio and free weight equipment, updated locker rooms, a new outside patio area, graphic walls, and new tile and paint. 

All are welcome to celebrate the successful completion of the Y’s renovation project. Door prizes, refreshments, on-site demos and tours will take place.

“The Boynton Beach area is a special community and deserves a first class YMCA. With the renovations and the additions to this facility, we are able to expand our impact in the community,” exclaims Davis.

To learn more about the YMCA of South Palm Beach County’s Boynton Beach Branch including this event, contact Executive Director, Barry Davis, at 561-738-9622 or bdavis@ymcaspbc.org

About the YMCA

The YMCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social services organization dedicated to Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. It is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community. The YMCA of South Palm Beach County is comprised of: The Peter Blum Family YMCA of Boca Raton, The DeVos-Blum Family YMCA of Boynton Beach, The Schmidt Family YMCA Preschool at the Volen Center, the YMCA@901 NCCI, and the YMCA of South Palm Beach County’s Community Outreach Center at NCCI. For more information please visit www.ymcaspbc.org.

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