YMCA diabetes prevention program can lead to a healthier heart

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) The YMCA has partnered with the CDC to offer a Diabetes Prevention Program, which targets people at risk for diabetes.

The program monitors your health for an entire year and offers classes on diet, nutrition, and exercise.

It also looks at calories, fat, and salt in different types of foods.

Health experts with the YMCA says the first thing you can start doing is reduce the amount of salt in your diet.

"We are really encouraging people to start substituting out high processed foods and looking at foods that have a shorter shelf life that are farmers market and in the produce section, learning how to prepare those food, introducing them to your children and families,” Stacie Merta, YMCA Health and Wellness Coordinator.

The YMCA say too much salt in someone's diet can lead to high blood pressure.

And high blood pressure can lead to a stroke, heart attack, or heart disease.

Those with diabetes have a greater risk of developing these types of health problems.

The next Diabetes Prevention Program begins March 8th at the YMCA in downtown Cedar Rapids.

And you don't have to be a member of the YMCA to take part.

For more information, you can contact the Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator, Emmaly Renshaw, 319.378.5955 or Email DPP@crmetroymca.org