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Campaign’s goal: Wipe out diabetes
YMCA, Caroliinas HealthCare team up
 
Published Thursday, November 14, 2013 8:03 am
by Herbert L. White

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte and Carolinas HealthCare System have teamed up for a campaign to reduce diabetes in the Charlotte region.

The organizations have launched the Pre-D Challenge: Reverse the Risk, a campaign to tackle type 2 diabetes, which affects more than 26 million Americans, including more than 1 million in the Carolinas. 

“We treat more people with diabetes than any other health system in the Carolinas – more than 100,000 people. And while we’re experts at helping diabetics manage their condition, what we really want is to help people who are headed toward diabetes change course, so they never even get there,” said Michael C. Tarwater, CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System.  

Prediabetes is a precursor to developing type 2 diabetes, which can lead to stroke, heart disease, kidney failure and blindness. CHS is offering an initial online risk assessment, available at carolinashealthcare.org/diabetes, to identify individuals at higher risk for having or developing diabetes. At-risk individuals may then take advantage of free diabetes testing opportunities taking place at designated YMCA locations and other community locations across Mecklenburg County, and get connected to local resources to manage, improve and possibly reverse their condition. The challenge will be to engage 50,000 adults to complete a risk assessment by Nov. 1, 2014 with a goal of identifying 10,000 individuals who are at risk for developing prediabetes or diabetes. 

For those at risk, Carolinas HealthCare System will offer preventive services and treatment options.

“Oftentimes, understanding that a person is at risk is the first step to making the necessary changes needed to live better, healthier lives,” said YMCA of Greater Charlotte President Andy Calhoun. 

People who are identified with prediabetes can enroll in lifestyle-change programs recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  The programs will be offered at Mecklenburg branches of YMCA of Greater Charlotte and other locations. CHS and the Y have trained more than 60 staff members in community outreach programs.

 

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