Diabetes Prevention Program
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%.
We encourage everyone to take control of their health and learn if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes.
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.
Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.
- Reduce body weight by 7%
- Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week
Weekly Session Descriptions:
- Welcome to the Program
- Be a Fat Detective
- Ways to Eat Less Fat
- Healthy Eating
- Move Those Muscles
- Being Active: A Way of Life
- Tip the Calorie Balance
- Take Charge of What’s Around You
- Problem Solving
- Four Keys to Healthy Eating Out
- Talk Back to Negative Thoughts
- The Slippery Slope of Lifestyle Change
- Jump Start Your Activity Plan
- Make Social Cues Work for You
- You Can Manage Stress
- Ways to Stay Motivated
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