Left to right: Matt Clements, Director of Philanthropy; Nicole Freedman, Director of Grants and Legislative Advocacy; Dakota Edwards, Youth in Government participant; Senator Tom Carper; Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, CEO; Vilas Annavarapu, 2016 Youth Governor.
At National Advocacy Day, YMCA staff from every state gather in Washington, D.C. to meet with their Congressmen to discuss important issues that face the children, families and veterans in the communities in which they serve.
Staff from the YMCA of Delaware and members from Youth In Government focused on meeting with Federal Legislatures to request their support of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act. This year, the YMCA of Delaware Diabetes Prevention Program team received national recognition in Washington, D.C. for being leaders in this great work.
The YMCA of Delaware’s Healthy Living Department had 1100 Medicare participants go through the Diabetes Prevention Program in just over two years through scholarships provided by The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation grant. Additionally, over 55 percent of the participants come from physician referrals. Once enrolled in the program, participants experienced higher than average attendance in group sessions as well as weight loss percentage.