The YMCA’s diabetes prevention program teaches patients healthier eating and exercise habits to shed pounds. A big part of the learning process comes from sharing the experience with other program participants.
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Peer support helps prevent diabetes
Participants at Hendricks Regional Health YMCA share a laugh during a July 24 class that covered how to deal with social pressures during parties, vacations, holidays and visits from family that can wreak havoc on healthy eating habits. The program’s one-hour sessions are group-based, which helps lower costs and draws on the power of social ties to spur participants on to succeed.
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Published Aug. 12, 2013 - Copyright American Medical Association. All rights reserved.