Reduce Your Diabetes Risk and Gain Tools for Healthy Living

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps you take control of your health by adopting habits to reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes and improve your overall health and well-being. Research by the National Institutes of Health has proven that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by nearly 60%.

The Program

The program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating and increasing their physical activity in order to reduce their risk for developing diabetes. The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance.
In order to qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI ≥ 25) and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes.

Program Goals:

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

Weekly Session Descriptions:

  1. Welcome to the Program
  2. Be a Fat Detective
  3. Ways to Eat Less Fat
  4. Healthy Eating
  5. Move Those Muscles
  6. Being Active: A Way of Life
  7. Tip the Calorie Balance
  8. Take Charge of What’s Around You
  9. Problem Solving
  10. Four Keys to Healthy Eating Out
  11. Talk Back to Negative Thoughts
  12. The Slippery Slope of Lifestyle Change
  13. Jump Start Your Activity Plan
  14. Make Social Cues Work for You
  15. You Can Manage Stress
  16. Ways to Stay Motivated

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Did you know?

  • Almost 26 million Americans have diabetes –but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. About 79 million adults in the United States have prediabetes.
  • People with prediabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless they take steps to prevent or delay the disease.
  • Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease.

The Good News

Lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight can prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes in those at high risk for the disease. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you adopt and maintain these healthy habits to reduce your risk and ensure that you can live life to its fullest.

Find out if you are at risk. Visit http://www.ymca.net/diabetes-prevention/

This program has made a huge difference in my life. My blood pressure and cholesterol are back down where they are supposed to be. I have more energy. I want to do everything I can to stay on track and to keep myself motivated. I feel good about the fact that I am taking charge of my health and doing what I can to be healthy. This is really important to me at a time when health care is so expensive. This program did wonders for me and I know it can help other people as well.
–  Marilyn, YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program Participant