SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Community YMCA is launching a free 12-week Diabetes Prevention Program in collaboration with Hartford HealthCare.
The program will begin Tuesday, Sept. 18, and will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. or 7 to 8 p.m. at the Spirit, Mind and Body Center at 130 N. Main St.
Each class will include a presentation or guest speaker who will address various aspects of type 2 diabetes; discussion, and 30 minutes of physical activity. Participants will learn more about healthy eating, realize accountability and be able to track their food intake using food journals. A certified instructor will aim to bring out the physical best in all participants, providing group support in a friendly, non-threatening environment with opportunities to socialize and make new friends.
Hartford HealthCare medical professionals will present on topics including healthy cooking, medication and cardiovascular risk associated with diabetes.
This small-group program, which has been offered at more than 200 Ys across the country.
While diabetes cannot be cured, pre-diabetes can be reversed with education and physical activity.
Individuals should be at least 18 years old and meet at least one or more of the following criteria: adults who have been told they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes; adults who have been told they are overweight (body mass index above 25); or have a blood test result in the pre-diabetes range during the past year.
For more information or to get started, sign up at the Southington Community YMCA, 29 High St., or contact the Y at 860-628-5597.
-The Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA