Carroll Wellness Center is pleased to announce it has received a $65,471 grant from the Twin County Community Foundation to expand its Living Healthy with Diabetes and Chronic Disease Program.
Since launching the program in 2016, the Carroll Wellness Center reports it has had tremendous success. CWC Executive Director Greg Hampton said the grant will enable the Hillsville facility to add four new pieces of Rehab equipment, including two new Sci Fit Recumbent Steppers for a total of five. The grant also allows CWC to hire an additional rehab trainer adding to the rehab specialists already working within the program.
“There were 12 recipients of the grant and we were the largest one of the 12. The consultant was very optimistic. She said we had one of the most compelling grant applications she had seen and she has been doing it for 30 years,” Hampton said. “It is a great program and the good thing about this program is we already had a one-year track history and data from it we could provide along with the success of it. We showed clearly it works every time.”
According to (IHME) at the University of Washington, diabetes diagnoses are growing at an alarming rate nationally. Carroll County alone has seen an increase in diabetes of 88 percent in females and 69 percent in males between the years of 1980 and 2014. The report further states that for adults ages 20 and older in the county, 17 percent reported poor health, 31 percent were considered obese and 88 percent of seniors ages 65-76 received diabetic HbA1c monitoring.
In collaboration with local physicians, CWC will award 50 one-year membership scholarships to individuals with diabetes, cancer or heart disease who meet the center’s current Financial Assistance Program guidelines. In addition to their enrollment in the 8-week Diabetic Rehab and Chronic Disease program, these individuals will have full access to all CWC resources including fitness equipment, swimming pool and other amenities. During the 8-week program, scholarship recipients will attend two to three weekly sessions during which they will engage in individualized fitness activities using equipment to increase stamina, strength and overall physical health.
“We are very anxious to get to work seeing new referrals and welcome anyone who thinks they may qualify for this program to contact us about the scholarships,” Hampton said. “We would like to thank the Twin County Community Foundation for their initiative to improve the health of the communities in the Tri-County Area. Carroll Wellness Center wants to continue to make a difference in improving the health and wellness of our community that we know and love.”
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN