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Congressman Marc Veasey Promotes The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

YMCA Executives To Provide Program Details, Supported By The American Diabetes Association; UT Southwestern To Conduct Free Glucose Screenings


(DALLAS, TEXAS - MAY 12, 2014)


On May 12th, Congressman Marc Veasey, along with executives of the YMCA and the ADA, held a community forum and press event to inform local seniors about the impact of diabetes in North Texas, and how they can benefit from the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.   Joining Congressman Veasey were Tony Shuman the President/CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, Gordon Echtenkamp, President/CEO  of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas,  Irene Johnson, Irene Johnson, Director of Quality Assurance and Program Development YMCA of Arlington and Quin Neal  Executive Director of the ADA of North Texas.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of all Americans aged 65 and older have prediabetes, a potentially reversible condition that places them at very high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  In 2010, nearly 282,000 seniors in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex had prediabetes.

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national office of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through healthy living, was awarded nearly $12 million in a Health Care Innovation Award by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). In an effort to show that a community-based organization can reduce new cases of type 2 diabetes in seniors and reduce the cost burden of the disease to the nation’s health care system, the Y is offering its evidence-based YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program at no cost to qualified seniors in several communities throughout Texas.


Seventeen communities across the country were selected to participate in this project. The Y communities offering the program at no cost to overweight, qualified seniors in Texas are from the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, the YMCA of Arlington, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.


As part of the forum, Seniors could learn if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes through free blood glucose screenings, being offered by, and courtesy of, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and also attend fun classes like Zumba.


YMCA of the USA selected 17 communities nationwide to offer the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program at no cost to qualifying Medicare beneficiaries. This project is made possible by funding opportunity number 1C1CMS330965 from the Department ofHealth and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


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Pictured left to right are: Tony Shuman, Congressman Marc Veasey, Quin Neal and Gordon Echtenkamp.

YDiabetes Prevention Program Community Forum