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Learn diabetes prevention through Hudson YMCA

With obesity on the rise, the risk of Type 2 diabetes is increasing in adults. Local residents worried they might be at risk for diabetes can take control by registering for a Diabetes Prevention Program.

People who are at greatest risk for diabetes are overweight with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25 and have been told they have pre-diabetes or blood sugar that is "a little high." The good news is that you can prevent diabetes with a few lifestyle changes — and this program can help. This program is not suitable for people who already have diabetes.

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong program with 16 weekly sessions, three biweekly sessions and six monthly sessions. The program begins Thursday, July 26 from 11 a.m. to noon offered at the Family Fresh Community Room in Hudson. Pre-registration is required at least one week prior to the start date. The price for the yearlong program is $429, though Medicare participants who qualify may be able to register for as low as $49. The YMCA also offers personalized pricing to reduce the cost to those who qualify as low income.

Additionally, non-members receive 90 days free membership to the YMCA with enrollment in this program.

The program uses a group-based lifestyle intervention designed especially for people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The participants gain helpful tools and knowledge about healthy eating, physical activity and behavior modification that enable them to make positive lifestyle changes. It's been proven to cut participants' chances of developing the disease by more than half.

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It showed that with lifestyle changes and modest weight reduction, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by 58 percent.

To learn more call 612-230-3487, send an email to diabetesprevention@ymcamn.org or visit www.ydpp.org.

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