YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

Who: YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help adults at high risk for diabetes develop healthier lifestyles that can help reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Based on effective efforts researched by the National Institutes of Health, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program participants learn about and adopt the healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Through the program participants receive support and encouragement from both a trained Lifestyle Coach and fellow classmates as they develop a plan for improving and maintaining their overall well-being.

To date, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program has helped over 23,000 participants in over 41 states across the United States.

Support Resources: The Y offers several ways to engage with us whether it is about diabetes prevention or other aspects of chronic disease prevention.

Visit YMCA.net/diabetes-prevention to find inspirational stories of people who have managed to prevent diabetes and others who have made successful health journeys. Be sure to check out the YMCA’s Prevention Program Story Book for videos, interviews, and testimonials.

Get Involved: Find out if your local Y offers the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

Additional Information: Currently, diabetes affects nearly 29 million people.

Another 86 million have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes, but only about 9 million are aware of it. Starting in November 2014, National Diabetes Awareness Month, the Y is working together with several national organizations committed to improving the nation’s health to help 1 million more Americans know their risk for diabetes. Take the quick risk quiz at www.ymca.net/diabetes.