The Y is part of a new health care delivery system that values prevention efforts offered in a community setting and the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is an example of this work, helping participants make positive behavior changes, including healthier eating and increasing physical activity, to reduce their risk for 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 diabetes diagnosis. Risk for developing type 2 diabetes may be reduced or eliminated by weight loss, healthier eating and increased physical activity.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based 12 month, small-group program designed to help people who are at high risk for developing Type-2 diabetes. This program meets weekly for 16 weeks (the Core of the Program), then bi-weekly for sessions 17-19, and monthly for sessions 20-25. These one-hour, educational sessions will cover topics such as eating less fat, increasing physical activity, how to reduce stress risk by making simple, healthier lifestyle choices and more. The program has two main goals: to lose 5% – 7% of your body weight and build up to 150 minutes of physical activity. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC- approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.
DO YOU QUALIFY?
To participate in the program, you must:
Have never been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
Be 18 years or older.
Be overweight (BMI ≥ 25)*, and
Be diagnosed with prediabetes via one of the following:
An A1C value between 5.7% – 6.4%
A Fasting Blood Glucose test result between 100-125 mg/dL
2-Hour (75 gm glucola) Plasma Glucose between 140-199 mg/dL
Previous diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes
*Asian individuals BMI ≥ 22
If you don’t have a blood test result, you must have a qualifying risk score.
WANT TO LEARN MORE? Watch the Video below to see how the class will operate and what to expect.
CHANGE IS TOUGH. WE CAN HELP.
Let’s face it, if change were easy, we’d all do it! You’ve spent years developing habits that you can’t expect to change overnight. It’s tough and we can help! The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program gives you the skills you need and the support you deserve to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes.
Program costs vary depending on if you you have insurance that will pay for this program. Certain United Health Care plans do cover it. Payment plans are available. Scholarships are also available on a case by case basis where insurance is not an option.
DID YOU KNOW?
Eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes, but being overweight is a risk factor.
People with prediabetes may not have any symptoms.
An estimated 86 million Americans ages 20 years and older have prediabetes. And 89% of that 86 million have NO IDEA they’re at risk!
Experts agree that unless these adults take steps to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, most of them will develop this disease within 10 years.
National Institutes of Health research has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduces the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and by 71% in people over 60.
If you have additional questions, please contact Dawn Ernstes, Chronic Disease Prevention Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-663-9622 x 12.
The next class is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 17th at 5:30 pm OR Monday, December 16th at 12:30 pm. Please contact Dawn Ernstes to register.