Diabetes Prevention Program
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes by taking steps that will improve their overall health & well-being. Research by the National Institute of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58%, and 71% in adults over the age of 60.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). (video)
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- Lose 7% of your total body weight (about 18 pounds for a 200 lb. person)
- Engage in regular physical activity, gradually increasing your physical activity to 150 minutes per week (about 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week)
How it Works
- The program is delivered over a 12-month period, with 19 meetings in the first 6 months and 6 meetings in the following 6 months.
- Participants meet in a private, classroom setting and are led by a trained YMCA Lifestyle Coach, offering support and guidance in achieving the program’s goals
- Discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, staying motivated and more
Who Can Participate?
In order to qualify for the program, you must be:
- Age 18 or older, and
- Overweight (determined by a BMI ≥ 25), and
- At high risk for developing type 2 diabetes indicated by a confirmatory blood test or a qualifying risk score
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To learn more about the program and how to enroll in a class, contact Nicole Martinovich, Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator, (707) 545-9622 ext. 3412, nmartinovich @ scfymca.org