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Rye YMCA Wins $60,000 Grant From Westchester Community Foundation

The Rye YMCA and Open Door Family Medical Center will assist patients who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes to receive information about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.
The Rye YMCA and Open Door Family Medical Center will assist patients who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes to receive information about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Photo Credit: Contributed

RYE, N.Y. -- The Westchester Community Foundation recently awarded the Rye YMCA with a $60,000 two-year grant.

The grant will allow for the expansion of work in Port Chester and Mamaroneck "around chronic disease prevention," according to a news release. In June 2012, the Rye Y was one of 10 YMCAs nationwide to receive a Community Transformation Grant from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the release.

"This seed funding allowed the Y to strengthen existing partnerships and form new alliances in Port Chester and Mamaroneck around healthy eating and physical activity in childcare settings, chronic disease prevention and reducing health disparities," representatives said in the release. "Outreach began in Port Chester and is focused on low income African American and Hispanic families and individuals."

The Y has recently worked with Open Door Family Medical Center in Port Chester to bring the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to Open Door patients, according to the release. The program is "an evidence-based, one-year group lifestyle intervention program for adults who are overweight and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, or have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes," according to the release. The YMCA’s DPP has "reached more than 6,000 participants across the United States since 2010" based on extensive research by the National Institute of Health, according to the release.

“We’re grateful to the Westchester Community Foundation for recognizing the need for health education, outreach and initiatives that support healthy living in low-income, minority communities," representatives said in the release. "With the help of our community partners, we are confident that we can make an impact on chronic disease in the Sound Shore area, one person at a time.”

With the help of the grant, the Y will work with Open Door, the Hispanic Resource Center and other organizations "to train and deploy Hispanic and African American residents of Mamaroneck and Port Chester as Community Health Workers," according to the release.

For additional information about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention program, call Tanya Stack at 914-967-6363.

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