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Hickory, NC August 18, 2017 – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that 84 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are high, but not high enough yet to be classified as type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes have increased risks to their long-term health, including developing type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. Nearly 90 percent of people with prediabetes are not aware they have the condition. In North Carolina, an estimated 2.5 million (1 in 3) people have prediabetes.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Medical Association (AMA), and CDC, along with the Ad Council, are releasing new PSAs to build on a successful campaign that helped hundreds of thousands of Americans learn their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The new, lighthearted PSAs offer viewers a “perfect way to spend a minute” where they can take the one-minute prediabetes risk test while also doing something everyone loves — watching adorable animal videos. The YMCA of Catawba Valley is proud to lend its support to the campaign, which raises the urgency of prediabetes and emphasizes the positive message that prediabetes can often be reversed through everyday lifestyle changes. The campaign encourages people to take a short online test at DoIHavePrediabetes.org to learn their risk and speak with their doctor to confirm their diagnosis. The website features lifestyle tips and connects visitors to the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

“The key to preventing diabetes is moderate lifestyle changes through healthy eating habits and moderate physical activity. Awareness of calorie and fat intake versus activity is empowering. Every small change that we make can add up to make a big difference in preventing this disease. I emphasize to our participants that it’s not a diet – it’s a lifestyle” said Lala Kozischek, Diabetes Prevention Director, YMCA of Catawba Valley.

Prediabetes can often be reversed through weight loss, diet changes, and increased physical activity. Diagnosis is critical, as research shows that people are much more likely to make the necessary lifestyle changes once they are aware of their condition. A rise in incidence of type 2 diabetes presents a significant threat to North Carolina potentially including consequences such as increasing healthcare costs, crowding doctors’ offices, and serious complications from the disease itself which can include heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and loss of limbs. In an effort to reverse this trend, the YMCA of Catawba Valley is supporting the national effort and working to make an impact in the community through its Diabetes Prevention Program.

Additional information on the campaign is available online at DoIHavePrediabetes.org and information about the YMCA of Catawba Valley and it’s Diabetes Prevention Program is available at diabetes.ymcacv.org .






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Come join the YMCA of Catawba Valley at our Exclusive Shop Event at Dick’s Sporting Goods on September 2nd to save up to 20% throughout the store on all the sporting gear you’ll need for Winter sports this year at the Y.

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Come join the YMCA of Catawba Valley at our Exclusive Shop Event at Dick’s Sporting Goods on April 29th and 30th to save up to 20% throughout the store on all the sporting gear you’ll need for Winter sports this year at the Y.

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Come join the YMCA of Catawba Valley at our Exclusive Shop Event at Dick’s Sporting Goods on February 25th and 26th to save up to 20% throughout the store on all the sporting gear you’ll need for Winter sports this year at the Y.

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Come join the YMCA of Catawba Valley at our Exclusive Shop Event at Dick’s Sporting Goods from September 3rd – 5th to save up to 20% throughout the store on all the sporting gear you’ll need for Fall sports this year at the Y.

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If you’re looking for an opportunity to energize your workout routine, try something new or just need extra motivation to reach your fitness goals, join us for the Y Spring Challenge!

We challenge all our members to exercise three times per week for four weeks from May 1 – May 28th. Members will be entered in a drawing to win a fitness gift bag with fitness gear and a FREE three month membership.

Each branch will have a Y Challenge board for you to track your workouts. We challenge you to workout at least three times a week and try something new once a week. Get Started!!






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Register Now for YMCA Adult Volleyball!

Adult volleyball is for men and women at least 16 years of age.  Registration is until April 29th. Games will be played on Mondays and Wednesdays from May 9th until June 22nd at the Hickory and Shuford branches.  

Registration fee is $250 per team and includes team shirts, officials, gym time, minimum 8-game schedule post-season single elimination tournament and shirts going to the tournament champions. Individual registration is available; please call Nancy Mitchell, Hickory Branch Sports Program Director at 324-2858/[email protected] or Heather Garvey, Shuford Branch Sports Program Director at 464-6130/[email protected]

 






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Come join the YMCA of Catawba Valley at our Exclusive Shop Event at Dick’s Sporting Goods the weekend of April 16th and 17th to save up to 20% store wide on all the sporting goods you’ll need for YMCA sports programs.

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Everything I know about working out…I learned in 80’s movies. Obviously we all remember the fashion, the headbands and leg warmers, but don’t miss out on the other messages hidden in the aqua net fog. Look past the big hair, campy jokes and that one guy who always wants to rock the striped tube socks and there are some important lessons swirled in between the chords of that feel-good, spirit lifting power ballad.

So here is why I say, Everything I know about working out…I learned in 80’s movies.

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Western North Carolina hosted the First Annual Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) College Fair in Hickory on Saturday, March 5, 2016. The event was sponsored by the YMCA of Catawba Valley Black Achievers Program (BAP), the Delta Nu Chapter, Epsilon Upsilon Chapter and Gamma Beta Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the Department of Leadership Studies at North Carolina A&T State University.   Ms. Thelma Harold, Member Services Coordinator/Teen Program Director at the Hickory Foundation YMCA, along with Dr. Forrest Toms, a Professor at NC A&T State University in the Department of Leadership Studies and BAP Advisory Board member collaborated to bring this HBCU College Fair to Hickory.

“Ms. Harold’s sheer energy and passion for working with children and youth was instrumental in making this event a success. Her ability to rally the Board of Directors, YMCA staff, and community, fueled the desire to implement programs of this magnitude”, said Dr. Toms

“We are excited! My students from the Leadership Studies program worked with Ms. Harold to design, coordinate and implement a successful and significant program to students and parents in the western region of NC.  “They did a phenomenal a job!  The product quality is unreal and everybody here today has mentioned that to me,” stated Dr. Forrest Toms.  This event welcomed over 100 middle and high school students and their parents, from 8 counties, allowing them to speak with admissions counselors from each of the HBCUs represented.

 

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