For those with diabetes, managing the disease can be challenging. Healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring your condition, taking medication, and reducing your risk for complications are all daily aspects of diabetes management. Diabetics, pre-diabetics and their caregives can find support during this free six-week virtual class offered by Countryside YMCA in partnership with the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio. Participants will learn ways to maintain their health and manage diabetes through problem solving and building self-confidence.
Participants meet virtually in small groups, with the help of facilitators, an easy-to-read book, and the support of their peers, learn ways to overcome barriers to healthy living, set goals, and report on their progress each week. An experienced, certified instructor leads the class. Limited space is available. To register, visit countrysideymca.org or contact Cara Ebel at 513 932 1424 185 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Countryside YMCA is a leading non-profit providing healthy living tips and classes throughout the year. Making some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. Among these are:
Reduce portion sizes of the foods you eat that may be high in fat or calories.
Keep a food diary to increase awareness of eating patterns and behaviors.
Be moderately active at least 30 minutes per day five days a week.
Choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.
Incorporate more activity in your day, like taking the stairs or parking farther away from your destination.
Speak to your doctor about diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history of the disease or are overweight.