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Hope & Help For Tom Hanks: Diabetes Programs Offered at The YMCA of Long Island

Long time actor, Tom Hanks, has recently made it public that he was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes.

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Long Island, NY - November 1st, 2013 - Long time actor, Tom Hanks, has recently made it public that he was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. He attributes the disease to family genetics and the rigors of weight gain and loss since his late 30s. As a whole, Americans have been seeing a major increase of type 2 Diabetes, as a result of poor diet and excess weight. The month of November at the YMCA is dedicated to Diabetes awareness and prevention with FREE food demonstrations, nutrition tips, prevention awareness seminars, and trained lifestyle coaches to introduce topics that encourage participants to explore how healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes can benefit overall health. “Community health is at the heart of our mission,” says Tina Graziose, YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Regional Coordinator “We strive to encourage, inspire and motivate our members to be the best version of themselves every step of the way.” Participating locations include YMCA at Glen Cove, Huntington YMCA, Great South Bay YMCA, YMCA East Hampton ReCenter and the Patchogue Family YMCA.

Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and blindness. The YMCA of Long Island, based on research by the National Institutes of Health, has adopted the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program to help people learn about and living healthier through diet and exercise, and how it has been proven to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.  Prediabetes is a potentially reversible condition that often leads to Diabetes, and 79 million people in the United States are estimated to have it.

About the YMCA of Long Island
The YMCA of Long Island is a cause-driven, community-based nonprofit organization that works to foster Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. The YMCA of Long Island operates facilities in Glen Cove, Bay Shore, Patchogue, Huntington, Brookhaven, and East Hampton. It also has a number of Family Services counseling sites and operates 27 child care sites across Long Island.  In total, the Y offers hundreds of programs and activities to improve the quality of life for more than 60,000 children, families and individuals year-round.  Learn more at