Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:18 PM EDT
It's a partnership unlike any other, but as News 13's Jay Siltzer shows us in today's Health Alert, it's helping diabetics safely get on the move and off some medications.
J.J. McMickens has made big changes in his life the past year, and for good reason.
Katie Souris, care counselor in the YWCA diabetes wellness program, "when you get the diagnosis of diabetes, it's a beautiful time for a wake-up call just to say that healthy eating and small changes in your diet and exercise every day are important."
J.J. works out routinely at the YWCA and participates in the organization's diabetes education program that partners with mission pharmacy residents.
Jonna Munroe, Mission pharmacy resident, "I talk to the patients; I get a medication list... We go through side effects and questions and really meet them with what they need."
Katie, "I think that through meetings with the pharmacists, lives have probably been saved."
Including J.J.'s, he is now off diabetes medication, but still on his fitness plan.
J.J. McMickens, partnership client, "I was up to like 438 pounds... Now I'm down to about 340."
Jonna, "I always think it takes a community to treat diabetes and the partnership between Mission and YWCA provides that support system."
J.J., "I'm doing more exercise I feel much greater and I'm able to spend more time with my little girl and do physical exercise with her."
Making the most out of a healthy life.
For more information about the diabetes education program at the YWCA, call (828) 254-7206 extension 212.