YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program
This 12-month opportunity, led by a trained lifestyle coach, is facilitated within a small group setting with fellow participants seeking similar goals in creating lifestyle changes. The curriculum consists of 19 core sessions over the first six months, followed by six monthly maintenance meetings for the remaining six months that cover real-life topics geared towards moving forward and maintaining positive momentum.
Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the program has been shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%. The reduction was even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.
Target Program Goals for each participant over the course of one year:
• Lose 7% of your body weight
• Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week.
The primary learning strategies covered to achieve these goals include:
• Healthy Eating—Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier food options has been proven to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
• Increasing Physical Activity—Studies have repeatedly shown that moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes, five days a week can help improve your blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol and prevent blood flow problems.
• Losing Weight—It has been shown that reducing your body weight by even as little as 7% can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes.
Am I at risk?
An estimated one of every three U.S. adults has prediabetes, yet very few people know they have it. Prediabetes increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Contact your medical care team to learn more about prediabetes testing. The YDPP follows the CDC’s guidelines to determine risk on the following assessment:
Register for a Class
To register for a class, complete and return the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Intake Form to your branch location. If you are ready to begin taking positive steps toward a healthier new you, contact:
Maria Pfeifer, YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program Lead Coordinator
YMCA of Columbia Willamette
503.862.4022 (Sherwood Branch location)