Taking Control of Type 2
Taking Control of Type 2 (TCT2) is an innovative and evidence-based program that empowers participants to embrace a balanced approach to diabetes self-care. TCT2 uses three pillars of support to encourage self-management of type 2 diabetes: medical management, healthy eating, and physical activity.
How It Works
The yearlong course has 28 sessions. Participants meet weekly for 16 weeks, twice a month for four months, and once a month for the last four months of the program. Each session is one hour long.
Giving individuals with diabetes enough time, a safe place, accurate information, and a plan for practical application allows them find their own unique way to manage type 2 diabetes, making self-management sustainable.
Guidance, support, and education are provided by registered nurses, certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, pharmacists, and physical therapists. That instruction is complemented by a YMCA curriculum that covers motivation, goal setting, balanced eating, and achieving a healthy weight.
Each participant is also paired with a YMCA lifestyle coach, who helps each individual throughout the program. Through group discussion, hands-on learning, and practical application of knowledge, participants get the tools they need to start and maintain a more healthy lifestyle.
- Reduce risk of complications
- Reduce glucose/A1c levels
- Increase physical activity
- Achieve and/or maintain a healthy weight
- Increase understanding of type 2 diabetes
- Reduce medication dependence
Individuals are referred to the TCT2 program by their primary care providers. They then meet with a YMCA lifestyle coach to discuss the program outline and their motivation and readiness to commit to lifestyle change. Participants can choose either morning or evening classes.
Hospital and YMCA staff perform an evaluation to collect baseline health data, such as weight, blood pressure, strength, heart rate, balance, and A1c levels. Follow-up evaluations are conducted at six and 12 months to measure progress.
The YMCA provides a free household membership while participants are enrolled in the TCT2 program. YMCA membership includes one-on-one exercise support and group exercise classes, cardio and strength-training equipment, and many other benefits.
To learn more, please email our Population Health team or call 828 210 5040.
If you are a participant in the MyHealthyLife Disease Management program, please email My Healthy Life or call 828 213 4648.
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