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The Dallas Examiner | 5/26/2014, 5:53 p.m. | Updated on 5/23/2014, 1:20 p.m.

The Dallas Examiner

DALLAS

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of all Americans aged 65 and older have prediabetes, a potentially reversible condition that places them at very high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. In 2010, nearly 282,000 seniors in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex had prediabetes.

YMCA of the USA, the national office of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through healthy living, was awarded nearly $12 million in a Health Care Innovation Award by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. In an effort to show that a community-based organization can reduce new cases of Type 2 diabetes in seniors and reduce the cost burden of the disease to the nation’s health care system, the Y is offering its evidence-based YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program at no cost to qualified seniors in several communities throughout Texas.

On May 12, Congressman Marc Veasey, along with executives of the YMCA and the ADA, gathered at Lakewest Family YMCA to inform local seniors about the impact of diabetes in North Texas, and how they can benefit from the Y’s program. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center was also on site to offer seniors an opportunity to participate in free blood glucose screenings and learn if they were at-risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

Seventeen communities across the country were selected to participate in this project. Learn more at http://www.ymca.net/diabetes-prevention.

DALLAS

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department will celebrate the 10th season of Dallas’ first family waterpark, Bahama Beach Waterpark, on May 24.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the waterpark, located at 1895 Campfire Circle, will have special $10 days on June 10, July 10 and Aug. 10. On Father’s Day, fathers will receive a complimentary admission with a paid junior admission. Dive-in Movies will return on select Saturdays throughout the season.

For more information, call 214-671-0820 or visit http://www.bahamabeachdallas.com.

DALLAS

The Dallas Independent School District is among 17 school districts and charter schools statewide to be selected to receive the competitive Educator Excellence Innovation Program grant to improve educator effectiveness in Texas public schools.

The four-year grant, which totals $4 million, is based on the school district’s proposed Teacher Excellence Initiative that is up for discussion by the Board of Trustees later this week. If approved, the TEI would create a system that defines, supports and rewards effective teachers in Dallas ISD with the goal of improving student achievement.

In awarding the grant, the Texas Education Agency looked at proposals that improve student performance by fostering open, supportive and collaborative campus cultures to allow teachers to seek and attain growth within their field.

“The rewarding of this grant is a validation of the work taking place in Dallas ISD for the past three years to develop an innovative evaluation system that helps develop every teacher to become an effective teacher, then provides rewards for results,” Superintendent Mike Miles said. “Dallas is at the forefront of an effort to develop multiple measures to evaluate teachers with the end goal of improving student achievement.”