Dallas, TX – On Monday, May 12th, Congressman Marc Veasey, a member of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus held a community forum at the Lakewest Family YMCA to inform local seniors about the impact of diabetes in North Texas, and how they can benefit from the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Along with Congressman Veasey, Gordon Echtenkamp, CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas; Tony Shuman, CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth; Irene Johnson, Director of Quality Assurance and Program Development at the YMCA of Arlington; and Quin Neal, Executive Director of the American Diabetes Association of North Texas joined the community event to raise awareness of the importance of diabetes prevention. The University of the Texas Southwestern Medical Center provided free blood glucose screening to the attending seniors to check for their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to other life-threatening diseases. In the United Sates, 79 million adults are estimated to have pre-diabetes that could later become type 2 diabetes. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to decrease the risk of pre-diabetics developing type 2 diabetes. The desired outcomes are that during the 12 month program, participants lose 7% of their body weight and gradually increase their physical activity to 150 minutes per week. These results are achieved by providing resources such as a lifestyle coach and a complimentary membership to the Y. In Texas, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program has been successful in over 17 communities. Moreover, the Y’s Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities (SPHC) initiative to fight childhood obesity also helps to prevent diabetes by lowering children’s risk of developing diabetes as they grow older.
To learn more about the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program, please click here.