The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a community-based lifestyle improvement program for adults with prediabetes. 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.
What is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diagnosis. Risk for developing type 2 diabetes my be reduced or eliminated by weight loss, healthier eating and increased physical activity.
Improve Your Health, Boost Your Energy
To help reduce your risk for diabetes, your goal in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is to reduce your body weight by 7% and increase you physical activity at least 150 minutes per week within the first half of the program.
For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, your goal for the first half of the program would be to lose 14 pounds and increase your physical activity to what could be a brisk 30 minutes walk five days per week.
Lose weight, boost your energy, reduce your risk for diabetes and improve your health for life!
Group Support Keeps You Motivated
Everyone needs a push, a pat on the back, a helping hand sometimes. A little encouragement goes a long way when you’re making big changes. In the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program you’ll spend a year surrounded by a group of people with common goals who care about your well-being.
As a participant, you’ll enjoy:
- A safe space where you can feel comfortable sharing and learning in private.
- Making new friends. You will support each other as you all trade old habits for healthier new ones.
- Working as a group. You don’t have to figure this all out alone.
- The new energy and confidence that comes with losing weight and reducing your risk for diabetes.
Do You Qualify?
To participate in the program, you must be 18 years or older, overweight (BMI ≥ 25)* and diagnosed with prediabetes via one of three blood tests or a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes.** If you don’t have a blood test result, you must have a qualifying risk score.
*Asian individual(s) BMI ≥ 22
**Qualified blood results in the prediabetes range are needed to confirm eligibility. Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led Notional Diabetes Prevention Program.
The listed YMCAs 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 and specific outcomes for program participants with respect to diabetes prevention.