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Diabetes Prevention

In the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, a trained Lifestyle Coach will introduce topics in a supportive, small group environment and encourage participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes can help reduce their risk for diabetes and benefit their overall health.
The Diabetes Prevention Program is a recognized program by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
How It Works
The 12-month, 25-session, group-based program consists of one-hour, weekly sessions, followed by monthly sessions led by a trained Lifestyle Coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar goals. Participants will explore how healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes can help reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
The monthly maintenance sessions help participants stay motivated to maintain progress toward their goals.
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 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.

Program Goals

Lose 7 percent of your body weight and gradually increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week.
Program participants will do this by learning strategies for:
  • Healthy Eating
    • Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier food options have been shown to help prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.
  • Increasing Physical Activity
    • Studies have repeatedly shown that moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes a day, five days a week can help improve your blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol and prevent blood flow problems.
  • Losing Weight
    • It has been shown that reducing your body weight by even a small amount (as little as 5 - 7 percent) can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes.

Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health, this program has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of Type 2 diabetes by as much as 58 percent in adults. The reduction was even greater, 71 percent, among adults aged 60 years or older.

Nearly 86 million American adults, that's one in three, have prediabetes. People with prediabetes are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes within 10 years unless they take action to prevent or delay the disease. Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease.

How do I qualify? 

To qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI>25, Asian adults, BMI>22) and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, or have been diagnosed with prediabetes.

Program Details

Classes will be in person or virtual on Tuesdays at 6 pm. The year-long program is funded by grant funding or individual insurance, so there is zero out-of-pocket expense for participants.

To learn more and enroll, contact Lisa Edwards or call (336) 478-9622.