Health department, YMCA to offer diabetes program


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


From Contributed Reports

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Nash County Health Department and Harrison Family YMCA are set to offer a Diabetes Prevention Program in February thanks to a regional Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention grant to the Nash County Health Department.

In order to gain interest from the community and determine the best schedule to offer the program, the organizations are holding two free public information sessions from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Jan. 31. During these information sessions, Nash Health Department diabetes educators will explain what the program is all about and people will also be encouraged to register on-site during that time. Registration forms will be provided.

The Harrison Family YMCA in Rocky Mount is hosting this program as well as the information sessions at its facility on 1000 Independence Drive in the Teen Center room. Flyers can be found at the YMCA and information online at harrisonfamilyY.org.

The full Diabetes Prevention Program will be free of charge to the first 16 participants, ages 18 and older, who sign up. This is a year-long program that is designed to work with people with pre-diabetes or gestational diabetes. The goal of the program is to decrease an individual's chance of developing diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to create healthy lifestyles, increase weight loss and prevent the onset of diabetes.

Participants who complete the program will also receive a coupon to go toward a membership at the Harrison Family YMCA, encouraging them to continue working toward a healthier life.

For more information about the program or information sessions, contact Lifestyle Health Coaches Jerome Garner at 252-459-1547 or Latesha Barnes-Staton at 252-459-1240.