January 9 , 2008
MAURY REGIONAL HOSPITAL AND YMCA OFFER DIABETES PROGRAM
COLUMBIA, Tenn.—Maury Regional Hospital (MRH) and the Maury County YMCA have joined together to offer the Choose Your Life Program, a series of informational classes on diabetes. Choose Your Life is a 12-week program focused on the prevention and education of anyone diagnosed or at risk for type 2 diabetes.
“Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and, specifically, in the state of Tennessee,” said Donna Shedd, MRH diabetes program coordinator. “One in thirteen people have diabetes, and one in three have pre-diabetes. As service providers in our community, Maury Regional Hospital and the YMCA want to help those diagnosed with the disease.”
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin (a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy). The cause of diabetes is unknown, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
While certain health problems (including being overweight, unhealthy cholesterol, smoking, high blood glucose, high blood pressure, and physical inactivity) put one at higher risk for diabetes and heart disease, studies show that people with pre-diabetes can prevent the development of type 2 diabetes by making changes in their diet and increasing their level of physical activity.
During the 12-week program, participants will meet weekly with a personal trainer to develop an exercise program that will benefit their health. Shedd will provide educational classes on nutrition and proper foot and eye care.
Class size is limited. The next session begins on Tuesday, January 15 at 10 a.m. at the Maury County YMCA. For more information, contact Drew Massey at the YMCA at 540.8320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.