Diabetes is a potential killer, but the metabolic disease can be controlled if caught in time.
In today’s world of fast food mixed with the siren song of television that lures us to the couch, the YMCA is doing something about it. Scott Moseley, a wellness director at the Bob Sierra Family YMCA, is working hard to make members aware of the connection between weight loss and the potential for diabetes.
Moseley’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a 16-week guided program. The members meet once a week, but also are monitored throughout the year. The goal is for members to lose at least 7 percent of their body weight, but this is about more than just spending time on the treadmill or lifting weights. The classes also serve as a support group for members. And, unlike some other programs, here the students run the group sessions. According to Moseley, it has proven successful.
He cautions that the DPP program isn’t for those with diabetes, but rather serves as a way for people to lessen the potential for diabetes.
“We work on everything from their diets to exercise, to weight training using resistance exercises,” Moseley said. “We make them accountable for their diets and make sure they know of the dangers of diabetes.”
The causes and types of diabetes vary, and for the general public, there is still a lot of confusion on the subject. Moseley, a Gaither High School graduate who earned a degree in exercise science from the University of Florida, has studied the disease extensively during his eight years at the YMCA.
“Weight loss is very important in fighting diabetes,” Moseley said. “There are various degrees of diabetes. Blood sugar can be too high, for instance. I let them know when I talk to them at first what the potential might be. I am not a doctor, so I can’t give out nutrition information, and there are a lot of ways to get diabetes, but I can help them lose weight and let them know the risks.”
Moseley said that the key thing people can do to prevent the onset of diabetes is to exercise and watch their diet.
“I make them accountable,” Moseley said. “After 16 weeks, we meet once a month and coach each other. The goal is to lose 7 percent of body weight for anyone who is using the DPP.”
Moseley keeps a “billboard” for the members of the program so they can monitor their results. He said that the program, which has been in place for a year, is starting to show some results.
The next DPP class starts Sept. 24 and runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $100 for members of the Bob Sierra Family YMCA and $200 for nonmembers. However, for nonmembers, YMCA membership is included in the cost.
To learn more about the Diabetes Prevention Program at the Bob Sierra Family YMCA, call (813) 962-3220.