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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, YMCA Gives Back, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

History of the Y: Strengthening Communities for 172 Years

History of the Y: Strengthening Communities for 172 Years

  The Y is the organization that… …saw to and met the practical and spiritual needs of young men flocking to London during the Industrial Revolution. …has served the military and military families in every U.S. conflict since the Civil War. …inspired the formation of the U.S.O., Peace Corps and Father’s Day. …met immigrants coming off the boats at Ellis Island to offer services and support in making a new life. …began the first night school and English as a Second Language courses. …invented group swimming lessons, basketball, volleyball and racquetball, and gave them to the community. …provided quality and affordable child care when women began joining the workforce in droves. …began values education at a time of social unrest. A Historical Timeline: 1844 – George Williams joins with 11 friends to organize the first Young Men’s Christian Association in industrialized London. The Y offers Bible study and prayer to help keep young men off the streets. Dec. 29, 1851 – Sea captain and missionary Thomas Valentine Sullivan and...

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Slider, The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program |

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

In the United States, 29 million people suffer from diabetes and 86 million people have prediabetes (that’s 35% of the adult population). Individuals with prediabetes have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. People with prediabetes have an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and other illnesses and conditions. These healthy lifestyle habits can decrease your risk for prediabetes and type II diabetes: Eat fruits and vegetables every day. Choose fish, lean meats and poultry without skin. Aim for whole grains with every meal. Be moderately active (at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week). Drink water instead of beverages with added sugar. The YMCA of the Inland Northwest participates in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. This evidence-based 12 month program helps those at risk for type 2 diabetes develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle around healthy eating, healthy weight loss, and exercise. The program is facilitated by trained lifestyle coaches and consists of 16...

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Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program |

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

Tuesday, March 25 is American Diabetes Association Alert Day.  The first step in preventing diabetes is to find out if you are at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a risk assessment at www.diabetes.org/risktest.  Additionally you can learn how background and lifestyle choices help determine the risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include family history, age, weight and activity level. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those with prediabetes or those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease.  The evidence-based program consists of a 12-month lifestyle behavior intervention with 16 core weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance. All sessions are facilitated by a trained Lifestyle Coach.  The program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about...

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