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      Help is here for those at risk for diabetes

      After six months of planning and preparing, the Marquette YMCA is ready to begin its new Diabetes Prevention Program.

      The 16-week program is designed to to help those with prediabetes develop a healthier lifestyle. Classes begin the week of June 25 at the Chocolay Township Hall Meeting Room, the West End YMCA in Negaunee, and at the Marquette YMCA (where there will be two classes). The main goals of the program are to decrease body fat by seven percent and to increase daily exercise. Official registration began Thursday, but there were already 40 people on the waiting list.

      "I'm excited that we're to the point that we've scheduled our classes and we have a start date, and I'm really excited to start meeting people and starting those classes and really looking at their success," said Jenna Zdunek, Senior Health and Wellness Leader at the Marquette YMCA. Zdunek will also be one of the nine lifestyle coaches for the program.

      The Marquette YMCA is the first YMCA in Michigan to adopt the program. The classes are $175 for YMCA members and $225 for non-members, but Thrivent Financial has offered a $100 grant to the first 100 registrants.

      To sign up, have lab scores and risk factors ready to prove your pre-diabetic symptoms, call Jenna Zdunek at (906) 227-9622.