MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Beginning in 2020, the Muskegon YMCA serves as a hub for the YMCA diabetes prevention program.

In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention96 million adults, or more than one in three adults, have prediabetes.

“…Through the program, we can help people address this risk by making lifestyle changes through healthy eating habits and physical activity,” said Courtney Jackson, lifestyle coach.

Prior to the pandemic, the YMCA of Muskegon held face-to-face diabetes prevention programs. During a pandemic, this could “quickly turn around and allow for online diabetes prevention programming classes,” Jackson said.

“With the pandemic, we thought, ‘We can engage more people than we could before and help prevent risk even more by doing it all online,'” she said.

Jackson explained that people who participate in a group program are usually surprised to see their A1C levels where they want to be in such a short period of time with little change.

For those wondering if they might be part of the 96 million adults with prediabetes, there is risk assessment on the Muskegon YMCA website.

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