MASON DEERFIELD CHAMBER: Improve the quality of your life in this Diabetes Self-Management class at Countryside YMCA

Mason Deerfield Chamber issued the following announcement on Sept. 9.

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 or contact Cara Ebel at 513 932 1424 185 or

“Type 2 diabetes is a disease of lifestyle which affects not just the person but entire families. The good news is that simple lifestyle changes can help people improve their overall health and manage their diabetes,” said Cara Ebel, ACE-Certified Health Coach and instructor at the Y.

The nation’s struggle with obesity and type 2 diabetes is no surprise. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that almost 10% of the US population -30.3 million people – has diabetes. Of these, 23.8% don’t even know they have diabetes. Another 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes, yet only about 10 percent are aware of it.

These statistics are alarming, and the impact on the cost of health care makes preventing the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes more important than ever before.

Individuals can assess their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at Through this assessment, visitors can also learn how lifestyle choices and family history help determine the ultimate risk for developing the disease. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include race, age, weight and activity level. If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.

“Studies show that people with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes that include eating healthier and increasing physical activity,” said Ebel.

To register for the Diabetes Self-Management class, or to learn more about Healthy Living options provided at the Y, please visit or contact Cara Ebel at 513 932 1424 185 or

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Source: Mason Deerfield Chamber

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