Out of the 29 million Americans who live with diabetes, 8 million do not know they have diabetes

-that’s 1 in 4. And 9 out of 10 with prediabetes have no idea they are at risk for the disease.

If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can make small, measurable changes that can reduce your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program gives you the skills you need and the support you deserve to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes.

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PROGRAM GOALS

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Participants who qualify for the program must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI > 25)* and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes indicated by a confirmatory blood value† or a clinical diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) during previous pregnancy. If a blood value or diagnosis is not available, a qualifying risk score may be used to enroll.

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Participants will receive a notebook which contains worksheets and handouts for them to use in each of the sessions of the lifestyle intervention. Participants will also receive a weekly journal and be asked to track their food and physical activity during the program. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

PROGRAM DETAILS

A trained lifestyle coach will facilitate a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes. The year-long program consists of 16 weekly sessions and three sessions every other week during the first six months followed by 6 monthly sessions.