Small Steps for Big Changes YMCA of Okanagan UBC

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While the YMCA of Okanagan and The University of British Columbia share many goals in common, one in particular — building community — will be recognized this week at the launch of the Small Steps for Big Changes program offered at the Kelowna Downtown YMCA. 

Small Steps for Big Changes is an evidence-based, three-week personalized diet and exercise lifestyle counselling program for individuals at risk of type 2 diabetes. Thanks to a private BC Foundation this program will now be offered in the heart of our community. 

Developed at UBC’s Okanagan campus by Associate Professor, Mary Jung, Small Steps for Big Changes is proven to help its participants make lasting dietary and exercise changes. While improved lifestyle habits have innumerable rewards for all populations, the program was developed with the intention of addressing the silent epidemic of prediabetes, which Diabetes Canada reports is expected to grow to 23 per cent of the Canadian population by 2025.  

The partnership launch represents two community partners coming together to provide a program that is accessible and cost free. 

Join the event to learn more about the innovative partnership and hear from renowned Diabetes researcher, Professor Hertzel Gerstein from McMaster University.


When: 12-2:00 p.m., October 20, 2017 

Where: Kelowna Innovation Centre, 460 Doyle Avenue

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Featured Speaker

Dr. Hertzel C. Gerstein is an Endocrinologist and Professor at McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences, where he holds the Population Health Institute Chair in Diabetes Research. He is also Director of the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Director of the Diabetes Care and Research Program and Deputy Director of the Population Health Research Institute. His research spans over 50 countries, and has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Institutes of Health, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association and Industry. Dr. Gerstein has published more than 200 papers, editorials and commentaries.


To learn more, visit the Downtown Y webpage and the Small Steps for Big Changes webpage.