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Deaconess Foundation awards YMCA $200,000 grant to expand diabetes prevention

Deaconess Foundation awards YMCA $200,000 grant to expand diabetes prevention

The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati today received a $200,000 grant from the Deaconess™ Associations Foundation that will expand the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in communities across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.  Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and blindness.  Prediabetes is a potentially reversible condition that often leads to diabetes; it’s estimated 79 million people in this country may have it and many don’t know it.

“We are pleased to be able to partner with the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati to work toward improving the overall health of our community” said Deaconess Associations chairman Tony Woods.  “The foundation recognizes that healthcare is one of society’s greatest and toughest challenges.  We are actively working with the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and other partners to forge a future where effective healthcare becomes more accessible and affordable to all.”

“This generous grant from the Deaconess™ Associations Foundation will enable the Y to increase our efforts to help individuals prevent this chronic disease,” said YMCA of Greater Cincinnati President and Chief Executive Officer Sandy Walker.  “The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps individuals make healthier lifestyle choices.  This will ultimately reduce the likelihood they will develop diabetes or have other serious health complications.”  The National Institutes of Health reports that programs like the one at the Y, resulting in modest weight loss and increased physical activity significantly reduces the risk of diabetes in adults.

52-year-old Mark Moser of Colerain Township joined the YMCA’s DPP at the Clippard Family YMCA in November 2013.  To date, he has lost 53 pounds, which is 19.5 percent of his starting weight.  He shared his program status with his physician and his physician said, “ I don’t rank my patients, but you are number one with weight loss after a pre-diabetic diagnosis.” 
Each year, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati partners with numerous local health providers to screen over 600 people for prediabetes.  Individuals are considered prediabetic, based on the results of an A1c blood test.  “Doctors and insurers can also refer individuals into the 12-month YMCA Diabetes Prevention lifestyle balance program that is facilitated by a trained lifestyle coach,” said YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Healthy Living Director Kiana Trabue.  “Classes cover everything from healthy eating to getting started in an exercise program.”  Those enrolled in the program receive a free YMCA membership to help them reach their health and wellness goals.  For more information about the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Diabetes Prevention Program, call (513) 731-0115 or email