YMCA'S DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM
The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program, is a yearlong program consisting of 25 classroom sessions delivered over the course of one year. A trained Lifestyle Coach helps participants learn strategies for healthy eating, physical activity, and other lifestyle changes.
- Currently, 86 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes, yet only 10 percent realize they are at risk. Having prediabetes means a person has elevated blood glucose levels that are not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. While only a blood test by a doctor can can confirm prediabetes, a person's family history, weight and high cholesterol levels are just a few of the factors that can put an individual in the high-risk category.
- The goal of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is to improve overall health and to help those with prediabetes understand the risks and options to learn new behaviors that last a lifetime. Programs like the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program have been shown to reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in adults and as much as 71 percent in those over the age of 60.
- To qualify for the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program an individual must be at least 18 years old, overweight with a BMI greater than or equal to 25 and diagnosed with prediabetes or at high risk for diabetes.
- The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.
- A Y membership is not required for participation in the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program.
- Cost $429 / 12-payments of $33.75. Financial assistance is available.
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