Healthy Living

Change Today For A Healthier Future

 

More than 200 Ys across the country help thousands of people reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes with YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. This small-group program helps people with prediabetes eat healthier, increase their physical activity and lose weight, which can delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

 

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. Diabetes affects more than 29 million people. A condition called prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. More than 84 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes. Diabetes has no cure, but prediabetes can be reversed.

Chances are you know at least one person with diabetes and probably more than one with prediabetes. To find out if you are at risk, take this quick test. Then share the test with friends and family.

 

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program Purpose

If you are risk for type 2 diabetes, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where you can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce your chances of developing the disease.

 

The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions and three sessions every other week during the first six months followed by 6 monthly sessions in the second six months. The program goals are to reduce body weight by 5-7% and to engage in regular physical activity - at least 150 minutes per week.  You will learn strategies for eating healthier, increasing your physical activity and making other changes that will improve your overall health and well-being. National institutes of Health research has proven that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by almost 58% and 71% in adults over the age of 60.

 

Class Schedules

We are always forming new classes on an on-going basis.  Currently, we offer:

  • ‚ÄčA cohort starting March 6th at the Allentown Branch from 1:30 to 2:30 PM
  • A cohort starting September 12th at the Bethlehem Branch from 6 - 7 PM.
  • Interested in a class? Fill out the form below!

 

Fill out my online form.

* Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.

To receive additional information or to see if you qualify for the program, contact the Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator, at healthyliving@gv-ymca.org.

Join the Y

 

Households across our community have different needs so we offer a variety of membership types. Each of our locations offer many different programs, schedules, and classes therefore offerings and fees may vary by branch.

 

Please select a branch near you for more information

 

Greater Valley YMCA Membership Handbook

Financial Assistance

 

Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. At The Y, no child, family or adult is turned away due to an inability to pay.

 

Financial assistance awards are assessed on a case by case basis during a one-on-one, confidential session with a staff member. Those interested in applying for our financial assistance program are encouraged to download this form, or stop in to any of our branches to learn more and pick up an application.

Program Registration

 

To register for member and non-member programs, please use our secure Online Registration.

Our Mission  |  To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.