Free diabetes prevention pilot program

By Mellany Armstrong 1:50pm, February 25, 2013 - Updated 5:41am, February 26, 2013
The YMCA of Delaware is part of a national program to test whether it can help cut the cost of diabetes by preventing it.

WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.

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The new pilot program partnership with Medicare will help more people in Delaware control their type 2 diabetes at no cost.

"Those that have Medicare Part A and B will be able to do the diabetes prevention program for free in Delaware," said Tricia Jefferson, Director of Healthy Living for the YMCA of Delaware.

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Jefferson says Medicare is paying for Delawareans to take part in the Y's diabetes prevention program. Paige Seppanen of Newark says the year-long program works.

"I've lost 51 pounds and 20.4 percent of my body weight," he said.

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The Y is one of 17 Y locations in the nation chosen for the project. For more information on the project, call 302-571-6998 or email Jefferson at

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