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      What is being done to defeat diabetes?

      Almost 26 million Americans have diabetes, a disease primarily driven by poor diet, obesity and physical inactivity. A YMCA 12-month Diabetes Prevention Program is trying to stop its spread. â??My mother had type 2 diabetes, and I saw what happened to her,â?? said program participant Judy Morse, explaining her motivation for joining. â??She was on dialysis the last few years of her life, and I didn't want to go there.â?? Diabetes can cause complications including heart disease, blindness, and kidney failure...a possible fate for 79 million Americans diagnosed with pre-diabetes if they don't change their lifestyle. Reducing body fat by seven percent and increasing physical activity by 150 minutes per week are the two main goals of the program, but ultimately itâ??s up to participants to figure out how to achieve those goals. The program begins with 16 weekly sessions, teaching participants how to eat healthier and increase physical activity, followed by monthly maintenance. It also comes with three months free gym membership. â??What you donâ??t know, they will teach you and give you every bit of information, tools, and motivation to prevent diabetes,â?? added program participant Carl Fulsher. The program costs $175 for YMCA members and $225 for nonmembers. Contact Jenna Zdunek at (906) 227-9622 for details.