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Guilford County Residents Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with Proven Program

Post Date:08/12/2019 12:16 PM

Community members are preventing type 2 diabetes together with the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Lifestyle Change Program offered by YWCA High Point and Guilford County Public Health. Guided by a trained lifestyle coach, groups of participants are learning the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physical active and managing stress.

People with prediabetes – higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels – are five to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within five years.

Participants enrolled in the CDC’s Lifestyle Change Program learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes.

Guilford County Public Health and YWCA High Point would like to announce their partnership to hold a diabetes prevention class at YWCA High Point, 155 W. Westwood Avenue, High Point NC. The class will begin in September 2019 and meets for a year – weekly for six months, then once or twice a month for the second six months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes.  

“We are thrilled to partner with YWCA High Point to offer such as beneficial program in the High Point community.  Both agencies are committed to help High Point residents become healthier by controlling the factors that contribute to type 2 diabetes,” stated Merle Green, Guilford County Health Director.

“YWCA High Point has a focus to reduce health disparities within our community.  This partnership with the Guilford County Health Department will provide the education that individuals need to make lifestyle changes to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems.”  Heidi Majors, YWCA High Point Executive Director.

There will be two informational sessions offered to learn about the program. These will be held on August 27th or September 11th from noon to 12:45 pm each day. 

To learn more about the program, call Nedra Cox at (336) 641-4102 or email her at ncox@guilfordcountync.gov  


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