|YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program
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Reduce your diabetes risk and gain tools for healthy living through the YMCA’s
Diabetes Prevention Program
Diabetes is a
serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney
failure, high blood pressure, and blindness. The good news is for those that
have been diagnosed with prediabetes, with the right intervention and treatment
the condition can potentially be reversed. Estimates indicate that 86
million people in the United States have prediabetes but that only 11
percent of those people are aware of it.
As the nation’s
leading nonprofit for strengthening communities through youth development,
healthy living and social responsibility, the Y believes in chronic disease
prevention and is committed to providing quality researched based programing,
like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program to those who are at high risk for
developing type 2 diabetes.
If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing
the disease, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you develop a
healthier lifestyle and work with you to reduce the risks this condition can
pose to your health.
Based on effective efforts researched by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program will help you
learn about and adopt the healthy eating and physical activity habits that have
been shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Through the
program you will receive support and encouragement from both a trained
Lifestyle Coach and fellow classmates as you develop a plan for improving and
maintaining your overall well-being.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The YMCA’s Diabetes
Prevention Program can help you adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle that
will help you reduce your chances of developing diabetes. The program is led by
a trained Lifestyle Coach who will introduce topics in a small classroom
setting and encourage participants as they explore how living a balanced
healthy lifestyle through healthy eating, physical activity and behavior change
can benefit their health and prevent, or delay, the onset of type 2 diabetes.
The 12-month, group-based program begins with 16 weekly sessions, 3
sessions every other week, then monthly sessions for the remaining 6 months of
the program. Each of the 25 sessions lasts approximately 1 hour.
- Lose 7% of
your body weight
increase your physical activity by 150 minutes per week
You will do
this by learning strategies for:
Eating— Learn to reduce your daily fat intake and discover variety,
balance and moderation in your eating habits
Physical Activity—Studies have repeatedly shown that moderate physical
activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes,
five days a week can help improve your blood pressure, raise good
cholesterol and prevent type 2 diabetes
Weight—It has been shown that reducing body weight by even a small amount
(as little as 7%) can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for
research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the program has been
shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58% when
achieving the program goals. The reduction was even greater, 71%, among adults
aged 60 years or older.
will receive a free three-month adult YMCA membership after completing the 5th
session of the core program.
regarding the cost of the program. Financial assistance may be available
to those who qualify.
Current Y membership is NOT required.
Program is available to ALL regardless of
insurance status. Those with health insurance can check
with their employer for program availability, or contact the Diabetes
Prevention and Control Alliance to confirm eligibility at 1-800-237-4942.
I AT RISK?
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
HOW DO I REFER A PATIENT?
In order to
qualify for the program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight, have a
body-mass index (BMI) of greater than 25* and at high risk for developing type
2 diabetes indicated by a confirmatory blood value†. In addition, prediabetes can be determined by
clinical diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) during previous pregnancy, or
a qualifying risk score.
Find out your
risk now by taking the prediabetes
risk quiz from the National Diabetes Education Program or downloading the risk
individual(s) BMI > 22
†Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2
diabetes do not qualify for this program.
information about the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, including how to
enroll or refer patients, contact Suann Luedeke, Program Coordinator at 937-492-9134
The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA would like to thank our
two primary sponsors, Cargill and Wilson Memorial Hospital, for their support
of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program within Shelby County. This program
provides people with prediabetes the information and tools they need to take
control of their health and tackle this disease.
YMCA and the National Council of Young
Men’s Christian Association of the United States of America (“YMCA of the USA”)
have made a commitment to collaborate with the nation’s YMCAs on efforts to
support a national movement to increase awareness and take measures to prevent
diabetes and its complications among groups at risk, and to help support
treatment outcomes for individuals who have confirmed diagnoses or indications
of prediabetes by promoting an effective lifestyle change. YMCA of the USA nor
any YMCA offering the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program warrants or guarantees
any specific outcomes for program participants with respect to diabetes