YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a community-based lifestyle improvement program for adults with prediabetes. Participants gather in a relaxed classroom setting and work together in small groups to learn how to incorporate healthier eating and moderate physical activity into their daily lives. 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.
Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduce the number of new cases of diabetes by 58% overall and by 71% in individuals over age 60.
How it works
This 12-month group-based program consists of 25 one-hour sessions. Sessions 1-16 meet weekly, sessions 17-19 meet every other week, and sessions 20-25 meet monthly. Each session is led by a trained lifestyle coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar goals. Discussion topics include healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more. Stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals with continued support and regular meeting times.
- Lose 7% of your initial body weight
- Gradually increase your physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week
For more information, check out the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program Page. If you have questions about this program, or would like to pursue enrollment, please email Jessica Bridges, Program Director, call (704) 669-3631, contact your local Cleveland County Family YMCA Branch, or check out the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program Brochure.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program and is nationally supported by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance. People with health insurance provided by United Health Care should check with their employer about the availability of this program as a covered benefit, or contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to confirm eligibility at 1-800-237-4942. Cleveland County Family YMCA 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 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 pre-diabetes by promoting an effective lifestyle change. The parties referenced above do not warrant or guarantee any specific outcomes for program participants, with respect to diabetes prevention.