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Yo Digo Si! Program Creates Healthy Communities






Yo Digo Si! Program Creates Healthy Communities



Posted on December 2, 2016


The Viscaya Gardens apartment rental community in Dinuba is hosting the Yo Digo Si! (I say yes!) Program, which promotes healthy eating and physical activity for individuals who are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. The program, held in partnership with Tulare Health and Human Services (HHSA), consists of a group of 14 individuals who are making lifestyle changes with guidance from Maria Flores, Health Education Specialist from Tulare HHSA to prevent or delay the onset of the disease.

Open to the entire Dinuba community,Yo Digo Si! is part of a state-wide initiative known as “Lifetime of Wellness: Communities in Action” to improve Californians’ health and reduce health inequalities. The classes are facilitated by lifestyle coaches trained by Emory University’s Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC). To join, one must be 18 years or older, have a previous diagnosis of prediabetes or history of gestational diabetes, score at least a 9 on the Center for Disease (CDC) Diabetes Risk Test, or be referred by a medical provider.

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Health Education Specialist Maria Flores is pleased with the progress of the group. She states, “I’m amazed by the commitment all participants have made and the results are proof of their commitment to making a positive change in their lives.” She highlighted two participants, Erasmo and Blanca. “Mr. Erasmo has lost a total of 19 pounds; his weight loss has been due to both exercise and healthier eating habits. Ms. Blanca has lost 10 pounds; her weight loss has been a result of exercise, and keeping track of her caloric intake. Both are very proud of their achievement thus far and continue to attend class regularly.” As part of the program, Maria encourages participants to attend free Zumba classes held after the class at Viscaya Gardens.

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Tulare Health and Human Services will begin a second cohort January 19, 2017 from 4 pm to 5 pm at Viscaya Gardens in Dinuba. All Dinuba residents are welcome to attend if they meet the criteria for the program. For more information, please contact Maria Flores (559) 624-8483 or Roberto Garcia (559) 802-1619.