The goal of the YWCA Diabetes Wellness and Prevention Progams is to empower those with diabetes to develop the habit of exercise to manage their illness; to reduce the incidence of diabetes by increasing exercise frequency and reducing weight; and to promote healthy lifestyle changes for the entire family.
The programs include:
A commitment to exercising a minimum of 8 times a month
Membership to Club W: The YWCA Health & Fitness Center
Monthly Educational Sessions
Weekly Support Groups
Cooking Classes (provided my Cooperative Extension)
Diabetes Education Classes (provided by Mission Hospital)
Through regular exercise, participants notice better blood sugar levels, more energy, weight loss, greater flexibility and greater self confidence. Working out together, participants support one another, creating an environment of inclusion, acceptance and friendship. Our programs are supported by the Health and Wellness Trust, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparity, Mission Healthcare Foundation, United Way and YWCA donors. The program costs are based on a sliding scale, using household income. This fee ranges from $10 to $55 a month. To register, please call Alphie Rodriguez at 828-254-7206 x 212. If you would like to make a donation to support these vital programs, click here.
Hear what program participants have to say in this video created by Sabrina Nizzi: