Hazel Hawkins Hospital & YMCA Partner to Combat Diabetes in SBC

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital is partnering with the Central Coast YMCA to provide a Diabetes Prevention Program for the residents of San Benito County.    The CCYMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults (starting at 18 years of age) at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease.

The Hospital was approached by Bill Proulx, CCYMCA’s Director of Healthy Living, to collaborate on a Diabetes Prevention Program upon learning of the establishment of the Barragan Family Diabetes Center by HHMH. Currently the YMCA has DPP programs throughout Monterey, and Santa Cruz Counties and now starting in San Benito County.

This year-long program requires a commitment for participants to meet weekly for 16 weeks, then bi-weekly for 3 sessions and finally monthly through the end of the year (25 session’s total).  The cost is $429 which includes adult YMCA membership.

Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation will provide funding for the program in the form of scholarships for patients unable to afford the program if their insurance doesn’t cover the expense.  The program will be held at the Barragan Family Diabetes Center in their new patient education classroom.  Admission into the program is through physician referral that will come from the Endocrinologists at the Diabetes Center as well as physicians throughout the community who have patients who are pre-diabetic.

“The Foundation is pleased to have this opportunity to fund scholarships for this program, said Kris Waller, Foundation Director.  “The YMCA is an excellent organization and combining their program with our new Barragan Family Diabetes Center is a perfect match to address the health care needs in our community.”

Bill Proulx notes “Research demonstrates that 1 in every 3 adults has pre-diabetes. Collaborating with Hazel Hawkins will help us fight the diabetes epidemic that is affecting our communities. We have found with our pre-diabetes efforts in Salinas and Watsonville that a hospital partner greatly enhances our community outreach to fight diabetes.”

For more information, contact Frankie Gallagher at 636-2644.

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