(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Community Health Mission are partnering to educate and improve lifestyle behaviors among uninsured patients suferring from Diabetes. The YMCA- CHM partnership kickoff event for the new program is this Friday July 11th at 9 a.m. at Savannah’s Habersham Street YMCA.

The YMCA of Coastal GA will provide Community Health Mission’s patients the opportunity to participate in low impact exercise classes as well as other exercise options. The YMCA will also provide a classroom so patients can received the diabetes education and other wellness programs. CHM educational programs will be open to YMCA clients too.

YMCA of Coastal GA and Coummunity Health Mission officials will be present at Friday’s event at the Habersham YMCA, 6400 Habersham Street, Savannah, Ga. to further explain the program. Twelve CHM patients currently enrolled in the in the Amigos en Salud/Friends in Health program, a CHM self-management diabetes program will be the first to participate in this endeavour.
Classes will start Wednesday, July 16, 9:00 am.

The free health care facility, located at 310 Eisenhower Drive, offers free primary healthcare to 6,000 uninsured residents of Savannah.
Approximately 17% of the GA population are uninsured. The majority of the uninsured are in the U.S. workforce or are dependents of someone who is in the U.S. workforce but have been unable to secure health insurance. CHM serves uninsured patients who are between the ages of 18 and 64, have no health insurance and are not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid.

Community Health Mission, formerly know as Community HealthCare Center/Savannah Health Mission, is a private, non-profit 501(3) tax-exempt organization.

To learn more about Savannah’s Community Health Mission, log on to www.chmsavannah.org or call 912-692-1451.

To learn more about YMCA of Coastal Georgia, log on to www.ymcaofcoastalga.org.

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