Seeking People with Heart Disease or Diabetes in York & Adams Counties

(York, Pa.) – Have heart disease or diabetes? Here’s an opportunity that may improve your health. With nearly 200,000 people in York and Adams Counties living with diabetes or heart disease, Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central PA (AF4Q – South Central PA) is recruiting individuals with chronic conditions to take the I Can! Challenge.

Throughout 2011, three 12-week classroom Challenges will be offered in York and Gettysburg to individuals with these chronic conditions.

“The I Can! Challenge was completed in 2009 for the first time, and it proved to be a great success. The five public Challengers and community participants showed us that support from others is key in improving your health. This is why we decided to develop several group Challenges for 2011. The programs will offer education and support from professionals as well as a place for people to share their successes and challenges each week,” stated Chris Amy, Project Director of Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central PA.

Starting the week of January 24, the first classroom Challenge will be held. Limited spots are available for the first session, so individuals are encouraged to call 1-866-997-ICAN to register.

The instructors will provide participants with direction and support, and the tools needed to complete the Challenge. A different health challenge will be featured each week. Individuals will learn how to set goals, work with their doctor, eat healthy, fit physical activity into their schedules, and more!

If the classroom Challenge is full for January, individuals may complete the Challenge online each week. Tools and worksheets will be provided on the Web site at

The I Can! Challenge is a great way to achieve those health-related New Year resolutions. People with heart disease and diabetes are strongly encouraged to step up to the Challenge and say, "I Can!"

While this program is valued at over $500, individuals can participate at no cost. There is a minimal fee ($25) to participate, but the money will be returned to those who successfully complete the program. To learn more about the I Can! Challenge or sign up, please call toll-free 1-866-997-ICAN.

About Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central Pennsylvania
Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central Pennsylvania (AF4Q – South Central PA) is an initiative of Healthy York County Coalition. Since its establishment in 1994, Healthy York County Coalition (HYCC) has worked to bring together stakeholders from across the community and to unite them in health and wellness efforts. The Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central Pennsylvania initiative created in 2007, works to improve the care that individuals with chronic disease currently receive. It also conducts the I Can! Challenge, a 12-week challenge developed to give people the direction and support for improving their health. For more information on I Can! Challenge, visit, and for more details on AF4Q – South Central PA, visit

Join the I Can! Challenge

Have diabetes or heart disease? Join the 12-week, step-by-step program to help you learn how to set goals, partner with your doctor, and incorporate healthy eating and exercise into your life. Like I Can! on Facebook!