YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program
The Gateway Family YMCA
YOU CAN TAKE CONTROL
According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, more than 30% of U.S. adults (over 70 million adults) have prediabetes and very few are aware. Those with prediabetes are likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes within 10 years unless they take steps to prevent or delay the disease. The complications of diabetes are as follows:
1) risk of stroke is 2-4 times higher; 2) heart disease is 2-4 times higher; 3) possible elevations in blood pressure; 4) diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness with adults; 5) diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure; 6) there is an increased risk of lower limb amputations; 7) increased risk of nervous system damage (impaired sensations of the feet).
Thus, it is crucial to increase awareness of prediabetes, increase promotion of healthy behaviors, and improve the availability of evidence-based programs to slow the growth of new cases of diabetes.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those with prediabetes to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles which will help them reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program targets those who are overweight and have prediabetes and engages them in a group intervention to help them avoid the devastating complications of diabetes.
Overweight adults with prediabetes participate in a 12-month program consisting of 16 core sessions followed by monthly maintenance sessions. A trained Lifestyle Coach facilitates the group-based program in a classroom-setting. Over the course of 16 core sessions, topics include healthy eating, physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more. Once the 16 core sessions are completed, the participants meet monthly for added support to help maintain and build upon their progress. This complete year-long program has been proven to reduce the participants’ chances of developing diabetes by more than 50%.
The overall goal of the program is for each participant to lose at least 7% of their body weight and eventually accumulate 150 minutes of physical activity.
United Healthcare members should check with their employer for program availability, or contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to confirm eligibility at 1-800-237-4942.
To qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, you must be overweight and have a diagnosis of prediabetes OR overweight and have a high risk for developing diabetes.
To see if you are at risk of developing diabetes, take the Are You At Risk test.
For more information on program times, registration or program fees, contact Michael Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-249-4809.