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The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles to reduce their chances of developing the disease. The program is based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, programs like the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and 71% in adults age 60 and over.1

Class discussion topics include:

  • Goal setting
  • How to eat less fat
  • Physical activity
  • How to stop negative self-talk
  • Managing stress
  • How to balance a healthy lifestyle
  • How to stay motivated
  • Problem solving
  • How to get back on track

1. The Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Reduction in the incidence of Type 2 diabetes with lifestyle intervention or metformin. N Engl J Med. 2002 Feb 7;346(6);393-403.

  • The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is a year-long program consisting of 16 one-hour weekly classroom sessions, three bi-weekly, then six monthly sessions. A trained lifestyle coach helps participants learn strategies for healthy eating, physical activity and other lifestyle changes.
  • The goal is for participants to lose 7 percent of their body weight and increase their physical activity to 150 minutes per week. And that's just moderate physical activity such as brisk walking.

Contact: Trish Harrison 269-459-4881 or taharr@kzooymca.org

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