TODAY: YMCA Offers Week of Free Type 2 Diabetes Screening | Events
One in three people in America are at risk for type 2 diabetes. That's more than 79 million people, according to the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes is the gateway to many additional health complications including, heart disease, nerve disease, kidney disease, stroke, blindness and more. Because diabetes is a silent and progressive disease, 50 percent of those at high risk do not realize it.
Type 2 diabetes is preventable if you make a change before it's too late, but there's no turning back once you receive a diagnosis.
The YMCA is doing everything possible to raise awareness for the startling reality of our country's diabetes epidemic. Locally, the Y has planned a week of free screenings, September 19 through 22, open to everyone in the community to learn their risk.
The quick and private screenings will include a height and weight measure, calculation of body mass index (BMI) and blood glucose, all in the relaxed and comfortable atmospheres of neighborhood YMCAs.
If someone finds out he/she is at high risk, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program has been proven to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes by nearly 60 percent. The YMCA's trained lifestyle coaches, nutritionists and health educators along with their partners at ADA will be on hand to educate anyone interested in learning more about making a healthy change.
Screenings listed by neighborhood:
- Yates Family YMCA Riverside
- Barco-Newton Family YMCA Fleming Island
- Flagler Center Family YMCA Bartram Park area
- Johnson Family YMCA Northwest Jacksonville
- Williams Family YMCA Mandarin
- Dye Clay Family YMCA Orange Park
- Winston Family YMCA Ponte Vedra
- Brooks Family YMCA Southside (Deerwood Park)
- Arlington Family YMCA Arlington (Merrill Road)
- McArthur Family YMCA Fernandina
- St. Augustine Family YMCA St. Augustine
- Baker County Family YMCA Mcclenny
For more information on the free screening opportunities or to learn more about the YMCA of Florida's First Coast or the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Prevention, visit http://FirstCoastYMCA.org.