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Madison Area YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program ​Acknowledges Diabetes Awareness Month and Continues to Help the Community Prevent the Onset of Type 2 Diabetes

November 3, 2015

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Madison Area YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program Acknowledges Diabetes Awareness Month and Continues to Help the Community Prevent the Onset of Type 2 Diabetes

(Madison, NJ) November 3, 2015 –The Madison Area YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program acknowledges November as National Diabetes Awareness Month and reminds the community that the Madison Area YMCA continues in its quest to help the community prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes through its Diabetes Prevention Program.

All in the community are invited to the Madison Area YMCA located at 111 Kings Road in Madison for a free risk assessment to determine if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Assessment will take place on Wednesday, November18, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 11a.m. to1p.m. as well as Monday, November 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. No registration is necessary. Y membership is not required. Please bring a state or government-issued photo ID for entry into the facility.

Additionally, the community is invited to attend a lecture on diabetes education and prevention given by Summit Medical Group’s Margaret Eckler, RD, CDE, at the Madison Area YMCA at 1:45 p.m. on Monday, November 16, 2015. The lecture is offered through the Summit Medical Group/Madison Area YMCA Lecture Series.

Ms. Eckler’s lecture will highlight helpful tools for diabetes management and prevention including how to make healthy lifestyle choices, exercise and nutrition. The lecture is free. To register, call the Madison Area YMCA’s Welcome Center at 973.822.9622. Please bring a state or government-issued photo ID for entry in the facility.

Ellen Kranefuss, Diabetes Prevention Coordinator at the Madison Area YMCA, will host a question and answer session on type 2 diabetes prevention on Tuesday, November 17, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, November 24, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Chatham Public Library on Main Street in Chatham. The session is free and is open to adults 18 and over. Registration is not required.  

Did you know? The number of type 2 diabetes cases continues to grow, fueled in part by a continued rise in the rate of obesity. Excess weight and inadequate exercise can increase one's risk of developing type 2 diabetes. More than 29 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. 86 million Americans have prediabetes; only 10 percent even know they have it. Without changing their lifestyles, 15 to 30 percent of this population will develop Type 2 diabetes within five years.

The Madison Area YMCA can help. At the forefront to combat the disease, the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a “lifestyle change” program that helps adults at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, reduce their risk by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being.

Please call Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator Ellen Kranefuss at 973.822.9622 x2310 if you are interested in learning more about the program. New sessions are continuously forming.

The Madison Area YMCA is a cause-driven charitable organization dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y is inclusive of all people and offers programs and services that develop a healthy mind, body and spirit. The Madison Area YMCA offers enriching community wellness and health-enhancing programs as well as a range of youth sports, youth leadership programs, enrichment classes and a range of adult fitness classes.