George Ann Harvey has been a member of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio since October 2014. About three years ago, she was diagnosed with diabetes, had a stroke, and fell into a dark depression. When she moved to San Antonio from Mississippi, she did not know anyone, she did not want to talk to anyone--not even her own family. When George Ann began coming to the Y she started doing her workouts primarily in the pool. By doing this, she began to regain movement in her legs, which had been affected by the stroke. Before she stared working out here, the only way she could get around was with the use of a cane. Now, she enjoys her water aerobics and group exercises all without the use of a cane! Ms. George Ann has come a long way and has conquered many challenging obstacles. Friendships and being welcomed into a social environment is very important to George Ann.
More than one in seven San Antonio residents have been diagnosed with diabetes. In an effort to reduce this statistic and promote healthy living in the community, the YMCA of Greater San Antonio and the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District have teamed up to fight diabetes through the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, the Y Healthy Living Program, and the Diabetes Self-Management Program. The program is free for all participants whether a person is at risk for type 2 diabetes or has been diagnosed as diabetic.