Diabetes Wellness & Prevention Program
This program helps people lower their blood sugar levels, lose weight, improve flexibility, increase energy, and boost self-confidence. By working out together and supporting each other, participants create an environment of acceptance and friendship ...... and make big changes in their lives.
The goals of the program are to:
• Empower individuals with diabetes to develop the habit of exercise
• Reduce the incidence of diabetes, through weight loss and exercise
• Promote healthy lifestyle changes for the entire family
The program includes:
• Membership to the YWCA Club W Fitness Center
• Peer mentoring
• Fitness counseling
• Monthly dinners with educational presentations
• Weekly support groups
• Cooking classes, with Cooperative Extension
• Diabetes education classes by Mission Hospital
• Consultations with a pharmacist
The program is available on a sliding scale and is open to anyone who has two of the four main risk factors for diabetes: low glucose tolerance, family history of diabetes, a sedentary lifestyle, or obesity.
Here's what some of the participants have to say:
“I didn’t know I could feel this good.”
"I can put my shoes on by myself again. Girl, I hadn't done that in two years!"
"Not only do you get a chance to exercise and meet new people, but you get to be around people with problems like you have."
"I can bend down - doing full knee bends in the garden. I couldn't do that last spring!"
Click here to see a video of Diabetes Wellness Testimonials – actual responses of people who've been through the program.
For more information, contact Susan Kettren, Director of Preventive Health, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 254-7206 ext. 212
Preventive Health is supported by the Asheville Citizen-Times, Buncombe County Health Department , Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), NC Dept. Health & Human Services - Office of Minority Health, Mission Health Community Benefits Program, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NC Foundation, UNC-Asheville, YWCA donors, and the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County..