Diabetes Prevention Focus of Local Information Sessions

By Morgan Montalvo


Port San  Antonio and the Local YMCA today are co-hosting a pair of Type II  Diabetes prevention information sessions, in hopes of attracting  participants for a year-long wellness and support program.

The sessions  run from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. at Port San Antonio's Mabry  Conference Center at 102 Mabry Dr. on SAn Antonio's south side.

This is the  third year the YMCA has offered the 12-month diabetes prevention and  management workshops. says Sarah Tabbutt, the YMCA's local healthy  living director.

" 'Y-USA,'  which is our national 'Y,' found it very necessary to get it started  here in San Antonio so that we can prevent as much as possible or delay  the onset of Type II Diabetes," Tabbutt says.

Attendees can  see if they qualify by bringing recent blood lab reports, she says. "or  if they don't have any of that blood work, they take a seven-question  questionnaire and, depending on their risk factors, they qualify that  route, as well."

Those risk factors include family history, height and weight, body mass index, age, and activity level, says Tabbutt.

Applicants  who qualify are eligible to enroll free of charge in a three-phase,  12-month diabetes awareness and prevention program that includes  informal wellness coaching and support group sessions.

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