SOUTHINGTON â€“ The Southington YMCAâ€™s Diabetes Prevention Program received an $18,630 grant from the Main Street Community Foundation Thursday.
The program is a partnership with Hartford HealthCare. The money they received will fund blood tests and other critical aspects of their program.
The funding came from the Main Street Community Foundationâ€™s Bradley H. Barnes and Leila U. Barnes Memorial Trust. Susan Sadecki, president and CEO, and Kate Kerchaert, director of grants and program, presented the check to Jolene Miceli, program coordinator and Mark Pooler, CEO of the local Y. Program participants joined them in accepting the grant.
Miceli said that it has been a â€śjoyâ€ť to work with the more than 20 program participants on their â€śhealth journey.â€ť
â€śSo many people have found success and made a big difference in their quality of life,â€ť Miceli said. â€śWe are grateful to our partner Hartford HealthCare and to the Main Street Foundation for helping us to recently complete our third session. We run three, three-month programs each year. Every day, participants do cardio, which helps to reduce blood glucose levels, and receive a half-hour of education about things such as nutrition from doctors, nurses and other Hartford HealthCare staff. The funding we receive will help us to do A1C testing, which shows blood sugar levels over three months â€“ perfect for our program.â€ť
Pooler said that the Diabetes Prevention Program is an example of an â€śexcellent community partnership.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s an example of three great community partners doing great community work,â€ť he said.
Sadecki said that she considers the program an important one to support.
â€śWeâ€™re so excited to renew our support for this program,â€ť she said. â€śThe first round was so successful and it really made an impact. It takes a proactive approach in diabetes prevention, which is critical in the community.â€ť
Mary-Ann Kucher, who participated in the programâ€™s third session, said that it helped her to change the way she eats and to be mindful of what she puts into her body.
â€śI am taking care of myself a lot better now,â€ť she said. â€śI dropped 15 pounds with this program. It was hard work, but I had a lot of support along the way. It was great.â€ť
William P. Heath said that the class did a lot for him and also made him appreciate the local YMCA.
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