The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes. The program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58%.

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will help you change your lifestyle by learning about healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions. Topics covered include nutrition, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more. After the initial 16 core sessions, you will meet monthly for up to a year for added support to help maintain your progress.

  • Evidence-based to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 58%.
  • The program emphasizes two primary goals: reduce body weight by 7% and increase physical activity by 150 minute per week.

To sign up, participants must be:

  1. At least 18 years old;
  2. Overweight (BMI ≥25) AND diagnosed with prediabetes via a blood test of gestational diabetes.
  3. If a blood test is not available, can qualify based on risk factors.

Please contact your YMCA location of choice for more information.

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