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Diabetes Prevention Program

In partnership with Trinity Health and the Muskegon YMCA, Mercy Health offers a Diabetes Prevention Program which identifies those in our communities who are most at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, and connects them with resources for preventing the disease.

There are a staggering amount of people unknowingly living with prediabetes. Are you one of them?

Risk Factors:

  • Do you have a parent or sibling who has diabetes?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you get little or no physical activity?
  • Are you over the age of 45?
  • Have you given birth to a baby over 9 pounds?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you could be at risk and we encourage you to contact us today. Our Diabetes Prevention Program was created to reach people in need and provide necessary information, as well as access to trained lifestyle coaches who will work with you one-on-one to:

  • Improve eating habits
  • Reduce stress
  • Lose weight
  • Increase physical activity

These lifestyle changes are key preventative measures for diabetes, and also reduce your risks of other diseases associated with diabetes, including heart disease, stroke, and hypertension.

Programs like this one have been proven to cut your risk for Type 2 diabetes in half! You will receive all the skills and support you need to make lasting lifestyle changes that will help you to stay well. Members of the program can also take advantage of free classes focusing on maintaining healthy habits.

The program extends to communities served by the following:

Holy Cross Hospital – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Trinity Health – West Michigan (in partnership with Muskegon YMCA & Mercy Health)
Mount Carmel Health System – Columbus, OH
Saint Joseph Health System – South Bend, IN
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System – Southeast MI
St. Peter’s Health Partners – Albany, NY

We will work with employer health plans in affiliate states to negotiate coverage, as well as explore other ways to reduce barriers. We want to ensure as many people who would like to participate can do so, to reduce their risk and live happy, healthy lives.

This project is being funded by the CDC 1705 DPP Expansion Grant (NU58DP006365) through Trinity Health. For more information about our Diabetes Prevention Program, visit the Muskegon YMCA website.

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The Health Project provides a number of direct services to eligible members of the community. These services include the following programs:

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“Pharmaceutical Access” is much broader than just funding the cost of prescriptions. It encompasses reviewing a person’s insurance coverage, income and resources, as well as medication needs. We then assist them with navigating insurance enrollment and coverage issues. It also includes exploring opportunities to utilize pharmaceutical company resources, such as copay saving cards and patient assistance programs. The Pharmaceutical Access Program staff look for savings and resources in all areas and help each client navigate those resources as needed.

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Muskegon ALI Completes 2019 Decoy Operations

The Muskegon Alcohol Liability Initiative (Muskegon ALI) and participating agencies would like to recognize the alcohol retailers who have passed the 2019 Muskegon ALI Alcohol Compliance Checks. As a group of law enforcement officers and concerned citizens, our mission is to reduce underage drinking and alcohol-related injuries in Muskegon County.


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