Dr. Reed Tuckson Addresses Key Leader Attendees Dallas, Texas (November 1, 2011)
The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas held its 8th Annual YMCA Key Leaders Lunch Tuesday at the Fairmont Hotel. More than three hundred community and YMCA leaders from around the area were in attendance. The event’s Presenting Sponsor was the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance. Mike Haggerty, Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors welcomed the group and served as the afternoon’s host. The event encouraged key area business leaders to become more involved in the community by highlighting the YMCA’s future strategies for strengthening the foundation of our community by nurturing youth development, energizing healthy living and inspiring social responsibility.
Dallas YMCA President, Gordon Echtenkamp spoke about the new look of the YMCA and the road map for our strategic plan. Through sessions with our Strategic Planning Committee, Board of Directors and staff we have come to embrace our strategic vision and Strategic Advantage, that we will inspire all people to engage and be part of something positive- to belong- in a way that challenges them to grow and be changed for the better. Innovative and unique programming such as our Make A Splash programs in lower income apartment complexes, our collaboration with YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program and LiveSTRONG at the YMCA, a cancer survivor are just he beginning of a greater impact the YMCA will continue to have in our communities.
Dr. Reed Tuckson, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for UnitedHealthCare was the key note speaker. Tuckson spoke about the state of health care today and the tsunami of preventable illness that is about to sweep the nation. State governments are taking more and more from education to meet the growing needs of healthcare funding. Obesity and diabetes continue to be on the rise, contributing factors to the largest healthcare cost. Statistics show that 30% of Texans are obese and nationwide 57 million people have pre-diabetes, a preventable disease. Tuckson stated it is time for enlightened leadership. The YMCA has been innovative in this area by convening groups to help solve some of these problems. The YMC Diabetes Prevention Program is a great example of how the YMCA is collaborating with UnitedHealthcare and the CDC to provide medical based programming to help pre-diabetics to stave off the onset of diabetes. Tuckson sees the YMCA as a model organization who will continue to lead in the area of health and wellness.