YMCA and Ministry Health Care team up to offer diabetes prevention

Ministry Health Care, Saint Michael’s Foundation and the Stevens Point Area YMCA have teamed up to offer the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP) for those at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The YDPP is a year-long program offering individuals a means toward prevention by learning how to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles through classroom sessions, monthly meetings, access to a trained lifestyle coach and full access to YMCA facilities.

Although diabetes is a chronic and incurable disease (with the exception of gestational diabetes), with proper medical care, clinical therapies, diet, hygiene, and exercise, symptoms and complications can be successfully treated and managed.

“The YDPP program is a perfect complement for what we do here at Ministry Diabetes Services,” stated Jodi Strong, APNP, Ministry Medical Group. “We work to empower individuals by providing them with the self-care skills and resources necessary to manage all aspects of diabetes. This program takes our efforts a step further by empowering patients before they get the diagnosis. The prevention aspect of this program is what really makes it a unique opportunity.”

The Stevens Point Area YMCA is only one of 50 YMCAs in the country to offer the YDPP program. First sessions began in March 2012. Each session consists of 8-15 participants, and must have a minimum of 8 people.

Saint Michael’s Foundation raises funds for programs and services geared to enhance the quality of health care services for patients and families served by Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital and Ministry Medical Group. Funds are used to establish new programs and initiatives, purchase clinical equipment and provide health-related educational support.

“We are trying to make an impact right here in our community. We know that medical expenses for patients with diabetes are more than two times higher than for people without diabetes,” shared Angie Heuck, Saint Michael’s Foundation Director. “In almost all cases, when a person’s overall health and well being is improved, they improve their overall quality of life, and reduce their medical expenses. We feel that this program can help target this issue and make a lasting impact.”

For more information about the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, call Brandy Proctor, Stevens Point Area YMCA Health & Fitness Director, at 715-342-2980 ext. 306.

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