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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and as the leading community-based charity committed to improving America’s health, the Akron Area YMCA is encouraging people to understand their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and take steps to prevent the disease.

Find out if you're at risk.

Find out how our Diabetes Prevention Program can help.

running away from the finish line  

amanda merkle
is learning to take things in stride

Middle age was sneaking up on 47-year-old Amanda Merkle.  A Kindergarten teacher, wife and mother of three, Amanda’s lifestyle left little time for exercise and little thought about eating healthy. 

She noticed that her clothes started getting tight while other appendages started to resemble what she laughingly called “BINGO arms.” 

Her daily diet of Toaster Strudel and Lipton’s latest rice concoction could have contributed to the spike in her cholesterol levels, but it was her family history of diabetes that caused her to get moving – well, that and her husband, Steve, a serious runner. 

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