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YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program: 6 basic tips for reducing ‘high sugar’ risk factors

Diabetes is a chronic condition with serious complications, including heart disease, blindness, stroke and kidney failure. However, managing and even avoiding diabetes is something that can be done in a straightforward manner. Through its Diabetes Prevention Program, the YMCA is doing something to help people who are prediabetic prevent the progression to diabetes and the lifelong problems, even death, it causes. Read more…

Students at Staten Island’s PS 39 put their green thumbs to good use for heart-healthy harvest

Students at PS 39 are getting a hands-on lesson on growing, harvesting and eating healthy foods in partnership with the American Heart Association and the YMCA. The Staten Island YMCA, which sponsors the Y After School program at PS 39, earlier this year helped students plant the borough's first American Heart Association Teaching Garden alongside the red-brick school building off Sand Lane and McFarland Avenue. About 80 students participated in the program Read more…

New law aims to bridge gap between substance abuse treatment and insurance coverage

Addicts looking for help to pay for treatment will have a much easier time of it beginning next April 1. That's the message Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island) repeated Tuesday as he explained that a law he sponsored will change how insurance companies pay for substance abuse treatment.Currently, substance abuse treatment professionals use a certain assessment process to determine what treatment is best for an addict, said Jacqueline Fiore, executive director of Staten Island YMCA Counseling Service, which provides out-patient services to addicts. Read more…

Another candidate seeks School Committee seat

Ward 7 resident Carl Walker, the youth and family director for the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, recently announced his interest in the vacant position on the Ward 6 School Committee. His experience in the field of education and his strong desire for quality education motivated Walker, 45, a former Boston Public Schools teacher and Bridgewater State University professor, to add his name. Read more…