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.
We are always forming new classes on an on-going basis. Currently, we offer:
A 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!
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.