YMCA Offers Free Diabetes Prevention Classes

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Asheville, N.C., Sept. 28, 2021 – The YMCA of Western North Carolina is now offering virtual diabetes prevention classes at no charge with grant support from North Carolina State University.

Morning and evening class options are available starting in October, and more classes will be added over the next year.

The Diabetes Prevention Program at the YMCA of WNC is an evidence-based that encourages participants at risk of type 2 diabetes to eat healthier, increase physical activity, and lose a modest amount of weight in a supportive, virtual environment.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. It affects more than 29 million people in the United States. A condition called prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. More than 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes. Diabetes has no cure, but prediabetes can be reversed with early intervention from programs such as the one being offered by the Y.

Registration is now open for several year-long virtual classes:

  • Minority Diabetes Prevention Program, Thursday, Sept. 30, 6-7 p.m., with instructor Anika Williams
  • Diabetes Prevention Program, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 6-7 p.m., with instructor Ellen O’Conner
  • Minority Diabetes Prevention Program, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 6-7 p.m., with instructor Anika Williams
  • Diabetes Prevention Program Tuesday, Oct. 19, 10-11 a.m., with instructor Mike Hanlon

To register for a class or to receive more information, please call 828-652-5903 or go to https://ymcawnc.org/diabetes-programs.