Cape Gazette: Sussex Family YMCA and AARP Join For Diabetes Awareness

October 2, 2017 – An estimated 86 million Americans nationwide are currently living with prediabetes, That is more than one in three U.S. adults.

Of this population, only about 10 percent are aware they have the condition.

Individuals with prediabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years unless they take steps to prevent or delay the disease.

Delaware is ranked the 17th highest in the nation for people with diabetes in the general population: 6.9 out of every 100 adults in Delaware have diabetes.

AARP and the YMCA have partnered to increase community health and wellness through diabetes education and prevention. The effort aligns with the mission and vision of both organizations to enhance the quality of life for Delawareans and ensure that people can age with dignity and independence. Access to health information is one part of making successful aging happen.

AARP Delaware and the Sussex Family YMCA joined to serve a delicious and educational brunch Sept. 18. The attendees heard testimonials from individuals who have improved their health by identifying prediabetes and taking steps to prevent its progress, through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. They also were given valuable information about healthy food choices, exercise and resources. The event was free and open to the public.

Research by the National Institutes of Health shows that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by about 70 percent for individuals age 60 and over, and by 58 percent for those under age 60. The YMCA’s DPP offers individuals at high risk for developing the disease tools for healthy living, including knowledge about healthy behaviors and weight loss. The social support and connection the program provides has helped participants maintain their good progress.

AARP Associate State Director for Communication Kimberly Iapalucci said, “This is a great program that brings important information to the public about healthy eating and healthy choices, and what they can do to prevent diabetes. AARP members and their guests get a 20 percent discount on the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program.”

For information on the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program and fees, go to or email diabetesprevention@ymcade .org. The program offers AARP members and their guests a 20 percent discount. Ask for it during enrollment.


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