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YMCA is now offering virtual evidence-based health initiative programs to prevent and manage chronic disease through healthy lifestyles

YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina is redesigning its Diabetes Prevention, Healthy Weight & Your Child, and Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Programs to be held virtually to combat chronic disease during a COVID-19 era.

Published 05.26.20

Wilmington, NC – In collaboration with Y-USA and the NC Alliance of YMCAs, the YMCA of Southeastern NC is restructuring its Evidence-Based Health Initiative Programs to be provided virtually to qualifying participants. The YMCA of Southeastern NC will begin launching new classes in June 2020, starting with its Diabetes Prevention, Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring, and Healthy Weight & Your Child programs, followed by Moving For Better Balance, a Tai Chi fall prevention program. 

“Our YMCA is one of the first in the nation to offer these programs virtually,” explains Bridget Carroll, Program Coordinator. While social distancing practices are in place, we strongly encourage anyone that is at-risk for chronic disease like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or childhood obesity to make the most out of this time at home and consider participating in these programs to lower their risk, and improve their health.”

“We have seen a lot of growing interest in these programs because classes can now be completed at home, making it a lot more convenient for participants, especially those with children in our Healthy Weight and Your Child program, says Sarah Gibbs, Director of Financial Development and Marketing. We hope that our community will make the most of this time at home and do what they can to reduce their risk and adopt some healthy lifestyle changes.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States - triple the rate from just one generation ago. Today, one in six children are obese and one in three are overweight, which poses greater risks for adverse health problems such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high triglycerides (cholesterol) and mental health issues.

“The YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina has a long history of advancing the health and well-being of children in our community,” says Carroll. “Healthy Weight and Your Child is a proven program to help kids improve their health and experience higher self-esteem.”

About Healthy Weight and Your Child

The Y’s Healthy Weight & Your Child Program is a 15-week program designed to engage the whole family, so together they can understand how the home environment and other factors influence the choices that lead to a healthy weight. The program combines three elements of healthy eating, regular moderate-high intensity physical-activity and behavior change. Virtual classes will begin June 15th. Both children and their caregivers will be provided with a free YMCA membership while enrolled in the program.

About the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

The Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program is for adults ages 18 and over who are at risk of type 2 diabetes, and have either been told by healthcare provider they are at risk and may have an elevated hemoglobin A1C, fasting blood glucose, or glucose tolerance test.  Virtual class sessions consist of one-hour online group sessions led by a Certified Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach. The sessions provide guidance and education on healthy eating, physical activity, mindfulness, and overcoming challenges to making healthy lifestyle changes.  All program participants will also receive a free YMCA membership for the first 16 weeks of the program.

About the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

The YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program is designed for adults ages 18 and over who have been diagnosed by their healthcare provider with hypertension (also known as ‘elevated’ blood pressure). This 4-month program includes online nutrition seminars, personal consultations and a blood pressure monitor so participants can track their blood pressure at home.

About the YMCA’s Moving For Better Balance Program

Moving for Better Balance is a Tai-Chi fall prevention program designed for adults ages 60 and older. This 12-week program teaches 8 different Tai-Chi forms, and various warm-up exercises that increase strength, stability, improvement of balance and mobility. Participants who have completed this program have found that this program helped them significantly improve their balance and gave them more confidence and felt stronger and increased mobility and flexibility. Virtual classes will begin early July 2020.

Physicians, health providers and individuals can find more information on these evidence-based programs or register by visiting our website www.ymcasenc.org or contacting Bridget Carroll, Program Coordinator at bridget.carroll@ymcasenc.org

 

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