Changed Life, Changed Outlook
Each week as most people head home after work, Michelle laces up her running shoes to join her YMCA friends for a three-mile run. A routine visit to her doctor at Alliance Medical Ministry, a faith-led medical ministry that serves uninsured, working adults, convinced Michelle to change course.
“My doctor took a blood test and discovered I was a borderline diabetic,” said Michelle. “Diabetes runs in my family, and I know how it can ruin your life.”
PRESCRIBING HEALTHY LIVING
“Instead of writing Michelle a prescription for a pill or a shot, I wrote a prescription for her to participate in the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program,” said Dr. Sheryl Joyner of the Alliance Medical Ministry. “Studies show that when people exercise and eat healthy foods, they lower their risk for diabetes. The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program works.”
The program was just the beginning of Michelle’s transformation. She joined the YMCA, lost more than 30 pounds, and credits the YMCA with expanding her circle of friends.
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