YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by encouraging participants to eat healthier, increase physical activity, and lose a modest amount of weight in a supportive, small group environment. By making and maintaining these modest and achievable lifestyle changes, a participant can reduce the chances of developing diabetes.

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

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.

Discussion topics include healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more.

Participants stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals with monthly maintenance sessions.

Program Goals and Health Benefits

  • Lose 7% of your body weight
  • Gradually increase your physical activity to 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 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 a small amount (as little as 7%) can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes.

Criteria for Participation

There are many factors that determine if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, including lifestyle, age, family history, and weight. To find out if you're at risk, take this quick test

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.

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The YMCA of Western North Carolina would like to help you along your journey towards preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program offers a variety of class times and locations in Henderson, McDowell and Buncombe counties for your convenience.

If you would like more information please email us or call 828 251 5910. 

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program and is nationally supported by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance. People with health insurance provided by United Health Care should check with their employer about the availability of this program as a covered benefit, or contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to confirm eligibility at 800-237-4942.

YMCA of Western North Carolina ("YMCA") and the National Council of Young Men’s Christian Association of the United States of America ("YMCA of the USA"), have made a commitment to collaborate on efforts to support a national movement to increase awareness and take measures to prevent diabetes and its complications among groups at risk, and to help support treatment outcomes for individuals who have confirmed diagnoses or indications of prediabetes by promoting an effective lifestyle change. The parties referenced above do not warrant or guarantee any specific outcomes for program participants, with respect to diabetes prevention.

If you’re 66 or older, Medicare Part B may cover the fees for this evidence-based program, with or without a physician’s referral.

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