February is American Heart Month and as a leading non-profit dedicated to strengthening community through healthy living, the Fond du Lac Family YMCA urges everyone to take steps to prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, so they can lead longer, healthier lives.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is responsible for one in four deaths each year in the United States. To address the prevalence of heart disease, the Y made a commitment to the Million Hearts campaign, an initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years.
The root causes of many chronic diseases are unhealthy behaviors such as physical inactivity, unhealthy eating and tobacco use. With a presence into more than 10,000 communities across the nation, the Y has the ability to address the root causes of chronic disease at both the individual and community level and improve health and well-being.
The Y offers community-based healthy living and chronic disease prevention initiatives that support people in changing their lifestyles, encourage organizations and communities to adopt behaviors that promote healthy living, and promote the public's health through advocacy.
Part of the Y's commitment to the Million Hearts initiative is to increase the availability of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program - which is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease. Diabetes is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and people with diabetes are twice as likely to have heart disease or a stroke as those who do not have it. Stay tuned for more information on this and other chronic disease prevention programs coming up at the Fond du Lac Family YMCA.
The Fond du Lac Family YMCA offers a community of diverse individuals who can support all individuals in meeting their health and well-being goals. Learn more by visiting www.fdlymca.org; or stopping in at 90 W. Second St.