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From Our Family to Yours

YMCA of the Blue Water Area employees are making a grant to ensure that everyone who needs it has access to the new YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP).

The cost of the year-long program is $429. The grant from the Ys DREAM (Dedicated Responsible Employees Achieving More) Team will provide a 50% co-pay for each participant, making the cost of the program $214.50 for anyone that signs up for the inaugural session of the program starting January 23rd.

A grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund offers additional financial assistance for those who need it.

“Our DREAM Team feels strongly that everyone who could benefit from the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program should be able to participate,” said Jenny McElwain, Healthy Living Specialist and member of the Y’s DREAM Team Project Committee. “This grant – our first ever for our employee giving club – reflects the impact that the YDPP program can have, one individual at time. It is a gift from our Y Family to the community. “

For more information on the program or to register, contact McElwain at (810)987-6400, ext. 117 or

More about the Diabetes Prevention Program:
About one in three American adults—that’s 57 million people—have prediabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program provides the tools to reduce diabetes risk and gain the knowledge for a healthier lifestyle by learning about healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes.

Using a classroom setting at the YMCA, a trained lifestyle coach will help participants advance and enhance their lives. Topics covered include healthy eating, how to start moving with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more. After the initial 16 weekly sessions, the class will meet bi-monthly and then monthly to offer additional support and help participants maintain their progress.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing 7% of your total body weight, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58%.

Anyone at risk for type 2 diabetes, can make small, measurable changes that can reduce their risk and help lead to a happier, healthier life. Change is tough—we can help.

A new class begins at the YMCA of the Blue Water Area on Monday, January 23, 12:00 - 1:00 PM. To see if you qualify or for additional information, contact:

Jenny McElwain
Healthy Living Specialist
(810) 987-6400 ext. 117