April 20, 2011

YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP) helps those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their chances of developing diabetes.

YDPP is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58%.

Can I participate?
To qualify for the program, individuals must be overweight and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or overweight and have been diagnosed by a physician as someone with pre-diabetes.

Determining whether a person is at high risk for developing diabetes can be accomplished in three ways:

Physician diagnosis
Blood test with one of the following results:

  • Fasting plasma glucose between 100–125 mg/dL
  • HbA1c between 5.7% and 6.4%
  • Random or casual blood glucose level between 140–199 mg/dl
  • 2-hour (75 gm glucola) Plasma Glucose between 140-199 mg/dl

A combination of risk factors such as family history, overweight, gestational diabetes, elevated cholesterol, etc.

Cost:
Y members: $150
Non-members: $250

UnitedHealthcare members should check with their employer for program availability, or contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to confirm eligibility at 1-800-237-4942.

Program Goals

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

Program Format
In a group setting, a trained lifestyle coach helps participants change their lifestyle by learning about healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions. Topics covered include healthy eating, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more. After the initial 16 core sessions, participants meet monthly for up to a year for added support to help them maintain their progress.

Contact:
Sarah Shimchick
Diabetes Prevention Program Director
Valley of the Sun YMCA
602-212-6189
sshimchick@vosymca.org
Cut diabetes risk in half and gain tools for healthy living

THE YMCA IS COMMITTED TO HELPING PREVENT CHRONIC DISEASE BY GIVING INDIVIDUALS OF ALL AGES TOOLS FOR HEALTHY LIVING.

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