Find Support and Learn How to Manage Your Diabetes

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 this fall during a free six-week 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.

The class will run October 30 to December 4, in conjunction with National Diabetes Awareness Month. It will be held on Wednesdays from 10:00am  - 12:30pm at Countryside YMCA in Lebanon, OH. Participants meet in small groups and learn how to overcome barriers to healthy living and how to set goals. Each week they will report on their progress and support one another. An experienced, certified instructor leads the class. Limited space is available, and interested participants should call the Y and register by October 25. To register, visit countrysideymca.org or contact Cara Ebel at 513 932 1424 185 or cara.ebel@ymcastaff.org.

 

Tips to reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes

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.