YMCA to offer diabetes prevention class to the public

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The community can learn steps to avoid the disease

By Kirsten Laskey

With diabetes escalating to nearly epic proportions, it’s time to fight back. The Family YMCA is offering a weekly class about the disease beginning Monday.
Diabetes 101-Education and Prevention is free of charge to community members.  
“Diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent in our society so we’ve decided this would allow us to serve our mission by educating the community so that maybe they won’t become one of the statistics,” said Wellness Director Melanie Chapman of the Family YMCA.
The class will be from 12:05-12:55 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 28. Samia Sibley, a registered dietician will lead the class, which cover diabetic basic terms, concepts, and common myths. Additionally, Sibley will instruct about food labels and how to decipher them, carbohydrate counting, portion sizes and how to analyze lab results.
Y Executive Director Linda Daly said, “We did it because this is all part of our emphasis of supporting those who come to Y to be healthy.”
Additionally, diabetes is no rare occurrence. “Diabetes is huge in our society,” Daly said.

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