The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12-month program that helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being.
Approximately 84 million American adults—more than 1 out of 3—have prediabetes, and about 90% don’t know they have it. Prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
The good news is that if you have prediabetes, YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention program can help you make lifestyle changes to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems.
What is the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (YMCA’s DPP)?
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being. 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 the age of 60.
- Receive 25 group sessions delivered by a trained and certified Lifestyle Coach over a 1 year period
- Learn about weight management, goal setting, healthy eating, and physical activity to reduce their risk
- Practice food tracking, and work towards reducing body weight by 7% and increasing physical activity to 150 minutes/week
- Participate in a small group supportive environment
What is the criteria to participate?
- Adults: 18 years old or older
- Diagnosed with Prediabetes via a blood test confirming an A1C value between 5.7%-6.4%
- OR had a previous diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)
- Have a BMI ≥ 25 (if Asian BMI ≥ 23)
- DO NOT have Diabetes (Type II of Type I)
If eligible, how can the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program help you?
Joining the YMCA’s DPP is an investment in your health and a commitment to reducing your risk for Diabetes Type II, heart disease, and stroke through:
- Working towards weight loss and physical activity goals
- Making small and impactful changes to your food intake
- Learning how to self-monitor food intake, physical activity, stress, and other health related behaviors