YMCA promotes diabetes awareness


The Harrison Family YMCA and the Nash County Health Department are offering a Diabetes Awareness Program.


From Contributed Reports

Thursday, January 17, 2019

At the YMCA, a supportive community is a big part of wellness. At every age and every level of activity, you’ll find people just like you looking to live a little bit healthier.

Members and program participants often cite the support and enthusiasm of fellow participants and staff as some of the key factors in their achievement of greater well-being. Living healthy is about spirit, mind and body at every age and stage.

As part of the Y’s goal to create a healthier community, it is partnering with the Nash County Health Department to offer a Diabetes Awareness Program with four sessions a year. The next session is at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Harrison Family YMCA at 1000 Independence Drive.

The Diabetes Awareness Program is a free class series taught by Nash County Health Department diabetes lifestyle coaches to help people in the community learn about how to manage or prevent this prevalent disease. The class series is open to everyone but registration is required at the YMCA or online at harrisonfamilyY.org.

Even if people who do not have diabetes but know of loved ones who struggle can attend so that they can help those in need. There is no registration required and all participants will receive a Y Surprise Gift.

The curriculum will cover how to manage blood and a1c levels, track fat and calorie intake, practive healthy eating habits, manage stress and more.

For more information about the Diabetes Academy or any wellness program at the YMCA, contact Brett Van Pelt, wellness director of the Harrison Family YMCA, at 252-972-9622, ext. 245, or bvanpelt@rmymca.org or visit the Y online at www.harrisonfamilyY.org.