The YMCA of Greensboro offers a variety of Evidence-Based Health Initiatives to help our community lead healthier lives. Program focuses include diabetes prevention, falls prevention, LIVESTRONG cancer support, and blood pressure management.
For information about any of these programs, contact Tracie Heavner at 336-478-9622 ext 240.
The Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.
Diabetes is a condition where your body causes blood glucose (sugar) to rise higher than normal. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes. With type 2 diabetes, your body does not use insulin properly. Initially, the pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for the insulin resistance. Over time, the pancreas cannot keep up and make enough insulin to keep blood glucose at normal levels.
Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.
There are many factors that determine if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes – lifestyle, age, family history, and weight to name a few. To qualify for the Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must:
In the United States, fall-related injuries are a major public health concern for individuals over 65 as well as those living with chronic conditions such as heart disease.
Open to members and potential members, Moving For Better Balance is a 12-week evidence-based group exercise program that is led by a qualified instructor and teaches eight movements modified especially for fall prevention.
The program works to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility to enhance overall physical health, which leads to better functioning in daily activities. Participation in the program may also result in better mental health, reduced stress, improved memory and cognition, and increased self-esteem.
In addition to the program's physical benefits, the safe, supportive group setting provides an opportunity for participants to enjoy learning with like-minded adults and find relief from the isolation that can sometimes come from living with limited mobility.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free program designed for cancer survivors 18 years and older who have become de-conditioned and fatigued from their treatment.
Participants receive a FREE 12-week Metro membership and may use the facilities at any time.
This program is free to participants.
Working with trained Ambassadors, participants will learn to manage BP and reduce BP to improve body function and gain insights into developing healthier eating habits.