Regional YMCA of Western CT will offer The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – an innovative program proven to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes – at Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA) in downtown Ridgefield beginning February 7th.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. The year-long program will meet on Tuesdays starting February 7th at 11:00 am or 6:30 pm. A trained lifestyle coach helps participants learn tactics for healthy eating, physical activity, and other lifestyle changes. The goals in this program are to reduce body weight by 7% and to increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week during the first half of the program.
The program is held in a group setting and this session will be led by trained lifestyle coach Barbara Newland, RVNA’s Director of Community Health & Wellness. Programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program have been shown to prevent or delay new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent and as much as 71 percent in adults over the age of 60.
“Currently, 86 million people - more than 1 out of 3 adults - have pre-diabetes,” said Lisa O’Connor, YMCA’s Wellness Coordinator and Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator. “The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program empowers participants, who have or are considered at risk of developing pre-diabetes, to make lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing Type 2 diabetes,” she explained.
Founded in 1914, RVNA is an accredited non-profit Medicare-certified home healthcare agency that also supports public health and safety, and promotes the highest quality of life. RVNA provides compassionate care to all individuals, whether young or old, through a continuum of care that encompasses health care at home and in the community. RVNA also provides home health aides and companionship through a non-medical subsidiary called HomeCare by RVNA and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy in its Rehab by RVNA facility at 27 Governor Street, Ridgefield.
To Contact RVNA
Call RVNA at 203-438-5555. Visit RVNA at www.ridgefieldvna.org.