Evidence-based Health Initiatives
The YMCA of Greensboro offers a variety of Evidence-Based Health Initiatives to help our community lead healthier lives. Program focuses include diabetes prevention, falls prevention, LIVESTRONG cancer support, and blood pressure management.
For information about any of these programs, contact Tracie Heavner at 336-478-9622 ext 240.
The Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition where your body causes blood glucose (sugar) to rise higher than normal. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes. With type 2 diabetes, your body does not use insulin properly. Initially, the pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for the insulin resistance. Over time, the pancreas cannot keep up and make enough insulin to keep blood glucose at normal levels.
Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.
Measurable Progress, Unlimited Support
- The Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease. The program is delivered in 25 sessions over the course of one year by a trained Lifestyle Coach.
- Discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more.
- Stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals with monthly maintenance sessions.
- CHANGE IS TOUGH, BUT WE CAN HELP!
- Lose 7% of your body weight
- Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week
Do I Qualify?
There are many factors that determine if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes – lifestyle, age, family history, and weight to name a few. To qualify for the Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must:
- Be at least 18 years old,
- Have a BMI greater than 25
- And at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes.
- Get more info about qualifying.
Falls Prevention: Moving For Better Balance
In the United States, fall-related injuries are a major public health concern for individuals over 65 as well as those living with chronic conditions such as heart disease.
Open to members and potential members, Moving For Better Balance is a 12-week evidence-based group exercise program that is led by a qualified instructor and teaches eight movements modified especially for fall prevention.
The program works to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility to enhance overall physical health, which leads to better functioning in daily activities. Participation in the program may also result in better mental health, reduced stress, improved memory and cognition, and increased self-esteem.
In addition to the program's physical benefits, the safe, supportive group setting provides an opportunity for participants to enjoy learning with like-minded adults and find relief from the isolation that can sometimes come from living with limited mobility.
LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free program designed for cancer survivors 18 years and older who have become de-conditioned and fatigued from their treatment.
- Improving strength and endurance
- Increasing flexibility and day-to-day activities
- Reducing the severity of therapy side effects
- Preventing unwanted weight changes
- Improving self-esteem and energy levels
Participants receive a FREE 12-week Metro membership and may use the facilities at any time.
Do I Qualify?
- Participants must receive medical clearance and are evaluated on an individual basis
- Have your doctor fill out the Referral form
- Commit to attending 80% of the classes
- Participants cannot exceed five years post-treatment
- Age: 18 and older
This program is free to participants.
Blood Pressure Self Management
Working with trained Ambassadors, participants will learn to manage BP and reduce BP to improve body function and gain insights into developing healthier eating habits.