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YMCA offers free 5-week trial program to help diabetics

GREENFIELD — The United Way of Franklin County and the YMCA in Greenfield have formed a partnership to enhance and expand programs to provide a way for pre-diabetics and Type II diabetics to become healthier.

The YMCA will receive about $5,500 per year for the next four years from the United Way to help Franklin County deal with this growing health issue that affects at least 25 percent of the adult population. The next effort will be a free five-week trial program for new exercisers to introduce them to the program and the YMCA. The day and time choices are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Dawn Dorsey, Y health and fitness director, said of the new partnership, “The program consists of three group exercise sessions per week in our private starter fitness room, plus weekly monitoring of body weight and food journals and a monthly educational presentation/support group meeting. In other words, it’s exercise, education, group support and fun.”

YMCA Fitness Director Jayne Trosin added, “We have heard many health success stories from our class participants, from weight loss, to having more energy, using less diabetic meds, and in some cases not being a Type II diabetic any more. Exercise is truly medicine, especially for new exercisers and those with health issues. In fact, diabetic studies have shown that for many people, regular exercise and diet modification has a better long-term effect than meds.”

Course starts Monday

The free five-week program starts Monday and runs through Dec. 14. If people decide to continue in the program or become members, the Y has a sliding fee scale that can cover up to 70 percent of the fees.

For more information or to register as one of the 15 free participants, call Jayne at 773-3646, ext. 448

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