• 06 APR 17
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    Join the Diabetes Prevention Program!

    DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease.

    Research by the National Institutes 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 age 60.

    ABOUT THE PROGRAM

    In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will facilitate a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over 25 sessions. The year-long program consists of 16 weekly sessions and three sessions every other week during the first six months followed by 6 monthly sessions in the second six months.

    Program Goals:

     Reduce body weight by 7%

     Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

    WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

    Participants who qualify for the program must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI >25)* and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes indicated by a confirmatory blood value† or a clinical diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) during previous pregnancy. If a blood value or diagnosis is not available, a qualifying risk score may be used to enroll.

    PROGRAM CURRICULUM

    Participants will receive a notebook which contains worksheets and handouts for them to use in each of the sessions of the lifestyle intervention. Participants will also receive a weekly journal and be asked to track their food and physical activity during the program.

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