Diabetes Prevention Program

Reduce Your Risk: Join a Class

In the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, a trained Lifestyle Coach will introduce topics in a supportive, small group environment and encourage participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes can help reduce their risk for diabetes and benefit their overall health.

How it works

The 12-month, group-based program consists of 16, one-hour, weekly sessions, followed by monthly sessions led by a trained Lifestyle Coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar goals.

Participants discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more.

The monthly maintenance sessions help participants stay motivated to maintain progress toward their goals.

Program Goals

Lose 7 percent of your body weight, and gradually increase your physical activity by 150 minutes per week.

You will do this by learning strategies for:

Healthy Eating
Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier food options has been shown 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 a day, 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 a small amount (as little as 5 - 7 percent) can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes.

Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health, this program has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of Type 2 diabetes by as much as 58 percent in adults. The reduction was even greater, 71 percent, among adults aged 60 years or older.

Nearly 86 million American adults, that's one in three, have prediabetes. People with prediabetes are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless they take action to prevent or delay the disease. Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease.

Do I Qualify?

To qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI>25, Asian adults, BMI>22) and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes. Still don't know if you qualify?  Just take the test.

Email Amy.Ward@ymcatriangle.org or call 919-582-9396 for more information. The YMCA offers financial assistance for this program.

We currently offer the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program at the following branches:

  • A.E. Finley YMCA
  • Alexander Family YMCA
  • Chapel Hill YMCA
  • Durham YMCA
  • Kerr Family YMCA
  • Kraft Family YMCA
  • Taylor Family YMCA

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