Worcester County Health Department Sponsors “Life Saving” Program in Collaboration with the Lower Shore YMCA in Pocomoke

 Snow Hill, Md. -- Get fit, lose weight, and improve your health in group sessions lead by certified lifestyle coaches beginning March 4 in Pocomoke.

The Lifestyle Balance Program is proven to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, assist in weight loss and maintenance of a healthy body weight, and decrease the risk for heart disease and stroke.

Since the program’s inception at the Worcester County Health Department in July 2009, participants have lost a combined total of more than 2,000 pounds and noticed an improvement in blood pressure, body fat and cholesterol levels as a result of program participation.

When asked about the effectiveness of the program, recent participants stated, “I am so thankful for this program. I truly believe it helped to save my life”; and “This program has improved my health significantly, I feel.”

The Lifestyle Balance Program, taught by CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program trained instructors including a certified exercise physiologist, certified nutritionist, and a health educator, will be offered from 4:45-5:45 p.m. for 16 weeks beginning March 4 at the Lower Shore Family YMCA, Rte. 113 in Pocomoke.

The program will meet once a month for six months following conclusion of the initial 16 week core education program. Each session will include an education component and participation in physical activity. All participants receive their own personal lifestyle change coach who will assist them with goal setting, progress, and overcoming barriers. Program participants also receive incentives such as step counters, resistance bands, exercise videos, cook books, and more.

There is a $48 fee for the program for non-members and a $20 fee for members of the Lower Shore Family YMCA. This fee covers the 16 week program and allows non-members access to exercise equipment and classes at the YMCA for the duration of the Lifestyle Balance program. Program fees are payable to the Lower Shore YMCA. To learn more about the program or to enroll, please call 410-632-0056.


 

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