New diabetes prevention classes offered at historic General Hospital

Diabetes prevention classes will be held in the former General Hospital. Photo courtesy Christina Martinez

BOYLE HEIGHTS — The East Los Angeles YMCA Wellness Center is enrolling persons who are at risk for type 2 diabetes for a new prevention program that will be conducted in the former General Hospital building in Boyle Heights.

“Diabetes is a major epidemic within the East Los Angeles community,” said Christina Martinez, the YMCA’s Chronic Disease Prevention Coordinator, in an email. “At our new YMCA location at the historic General Hospital, we are launching a Diabetes Prevention Program to help lower the incidence of the disease in our community”

The year-long program includes features one-hour, small-group sessions  to show participants how to adopt healthy eating habits, increase physical activity and adopt other lifestyle changes  to reduce  risk.   Topics range from “Four Keys to Healthy Eating Out” to ” Ways to Stay Motivated.”  The goal is for participants to lose 7%of their body weight and increase their physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

For more information contact, contact Martinez at  christinamartinez@ymcala.org or  (213) 481-5668

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  1. Maintaining our communities healthy!!!

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