JBT believes that education, testing and preventive measures are the keys to overall wellness. In addition to sexual, and reproductive health education and testing, we also provide a variety of resources to promote health. These consist of fitness classes, discounts at restaurants and grocers, blood sugar testing for diabetes prevention and awareness, and testing for hypertension to prevent heart disease and other related ailments. Staying active and eating healthy both have many positive effects, including physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Positive physical side effects include a healthy body weight, which lowers the risk for diseases such as diabetes (high blood sugar) and hypertension (high blood pressure). These diseases have very negative and long term effects on the body, but the good news is that they are not only preventable, but also manageable and controllable if you do have either disease. In fact, you can reduce both high blood sugar levels and high blood pressure by being active and eating healthy. We at JBT hope to be your main resource for overall wellness.
At JBT, we don’t want to focus on your weight, since the Body Mass Index (BMI) does not take into account muscle composition and other factors that could lead to being labeled incorrectly as "obese." So, at JBT Wellness, we just want to focus on getting you active and eating healthy, and knowing where you stand in regard to your blood sugar levels and your blood pressure.
- New York has some of the highest rates of diabetes and hypertension, and these rates keep climbing. Let JBT Wellness help you avoid becoming a statistic!
- In New York, the number of individuals with excessive body weight (a.k.a. obesity rates) has increased almost 10% every 10 years since 1990. As of 2014, 27% of adults in New York are considered obese.
- The 2014 rate of New York adults who have diabetes is 10%. This number is expected to increase, and the projections for 2030 will be closer to 15%.
- The 2013 rate of New York adults who have hypertension is a staggering 31.5%, and by 2030, projections are closer to 35%—more than 1/3 of the entire New York adult population!
- About 7 million people die each year in the United States from illnesses caused by hypertension.
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According to the National Institutes for Health U.S. National Library of Medicine reference tool, PubMed, “High blood pressure, also called 'hypertension,' is a serious medical condition. It happens when the force of the blood pumping through your arteries is too strong. When your heart beats, it pushes blood through your arteries to the rest of your body. When the blood pushes harder against the walls of your arteries, your blood pressure goes up…Having higher blood pressure for short amounts of time is normal. However, when your blood pressure stays high for most of the time, it can cause serious health problems…Lowering your blood pressure decreases your chance of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and other health problems. The greatest dangers of high blood pressure are not being aware of it and not treating it.”
Part of JBT’s mission is linkage to services. In order to improve health outcomes for those who are at risk for type 2 diabetes and hypertension, including lowering the test scores of those who already have either, we have organized three instructor-led fitness classes free of charge: Running, Bootcamp, and Yoga. These 45-minute to one hour classes are offered throughout New York City three days a week. JBT members can access the classes through their mobile app as long as they maintain a tested status. Fitness meetups occur in the evenings or weekend afternoons, making them easily accessible for the working individual. JBT also partners with health food restaurants and grocers to provide healthy diet solutions for JBT fit members at a discount as long as they maintain a tested status.
Tested status means being tested once every 6 months.