Measurable Progress. Unlimited Support.
Let’s face it, if change were easy, we’d all do it. You’ve spent years developing habits
that you can’t expect to change overnight. It’s tough. We can help.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program gives you the skills you need and the support you deserve to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program offers 16 weekly one-hour sessions and 8 montly maintenance sessions which provide group support and information on reducing and eliminating risks for type 2 diabetes. Led by a trained lifestyle coach, learn how to make better food choices and incorporate physical activity into your daily schedule. The importance of managing healthy behavior changes for long term prevention will also be emphasized.
What is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Risk for developing type 2 diabetes may be reduced or eliminated by weight loss, healthier eating and increased physical activity.
Group Support Keeps you Motivated
Everyone needs a push, a pat on the back, a helping hand sometimes. A little encouragement goes a long way when you’re making big changes. In the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, you’ll spend a year surrounded by a group of supportive people with common goals who care about your well-being.
As a participant, you’ll enjoy:
- Making new friends. You will support each other as you all trade old habits for healthier new ones
- Working as a group. You don’t have to figure this out alone
- The new energy and confidence that comes with losing weight and reducing your risk for
Do you qualify?
To participate in the program, you must be:
- 18 years or older
- Overweight (BMI ≥ 25); and
- Diagnosed with prediabetes via one of three blood tests or a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes
- If you don’t have a blood test result, you must have a qualifying risk score
If you answer yes to at least two of the following criteria, you may also be eligible:
- Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth?
- Do you have a parent with diabetes?
- Do you have a brother or sister with diabetes?
- Find your height on the chart to the right. Do you weigh as much as or more than the weight listed for your height?
- Are you younger than 65 years of age and get little or no physical activity in a typical day?
- Are you 65 years of age or older?