About the YMCA of Long Island Diabetes Prevention Program

Arthur Godsell has supported businesses for several years as the president of the family-owned Godsell Construction Corporation. On a community level, Arthur Godsell devotes his time to fostering a healthy and safe community for Long Island residents through local organizations such as the YMCA.

According to data from the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 29.1 million Americans over age 20 had diabetes as of 2012, and an additional 86 million had prediabetes. Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in 2010, and it is also a significant risk factor for medical complications such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, stroke, and blindness.

In order to address this growing trend, the YMCA of Long Island has implemented a Diabetes Prevention Program throughout its centers in Nassau and Suffolk County. The program aims to educate at-risk individuals about the importance of developing a healthy exercise regimen and diet to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes by up to 58%. Based on programs funded by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program provides individuals measured as overweight or obese (BMI > 25), or diagnosed with prediabetes, with a 16-week program intended to reduce body weight by 7% and increase physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week.

For more information about YMCA program requirements, registration fees, and scheduling, visit http://www.ymcali.org.


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