The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a community-based lifestyle improvement program for adults with prediabetes. Participants gather in a relaxed classroom setting and work together in small groups to learn how to incorporate healthier eating and moderate physical activity into their daily lives. Its purpose is to empower adults with lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduce the number of new cases of diabetes by 58% overall and by 71% in individuals over age 60.
- Lose 7% of your initial body weight.
- Gradually increase your physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week.
Participants achieve these goals by learning strategies for:
- Healthy Eating--eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet, and discovering healthier food options has been proven to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
- Increasing Physical Activity--studies have repeatedly shown that moderate physical activity (such as 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 7%) can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes.
QUALIFICATION & ELIGIBILITY
There are several factors that determine of you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, including your age, family history, weight, and lifestyle. To qualify for the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must:
- Be at least 18 years old;
- Be overweight (BMI ≥ 25; Asian adults BMI ≥ 22); and
- Be at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed as having prediabetes
HOW IT WORKS
This 12-month, group-based program consists of 25 one-hour sessions. Sessions 1-16 meet weekly, sessions 17-19 meet every other week, and sessions 20-25 meet monthly. Each session is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach who facilitates a small group of participants with similar goals. Discussion topics include healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more. Participants are able to stay motivated to maintain progress towards their goals with continues support and regular meetings.