Diabetes Prevention Program Comes to YMCA of the Suncoast

Posted on November 09, 2012 in Healthy Living, Y News

Just in time to celebrate National Diabetes Awareness Month, YMCA of the Suncoast is helping our communities cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. We’re one of 74 Ys nationwide participating in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. This lifestyle modification program helps people reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes by helping them learn strategies for healthier eating, increased physical activity, and other behavioral changes that can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

YMCA Diabetes Prevention ProgramPeople with prediabetes have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. An estimated one in three adults in the U.S. has prediabetes, yet just 7 percent of these individuals are aware of it. And, unfortunately, they’re at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke.

The program is a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. It’s based on the National Institutes of Health-led, CDC-supported, Diabetes Prevention Program study that showed that losing a moderate amount of weight and increasing physical activity reduces the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

“Through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, we are helping people make lifestyle changes that can help avoid developing type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases,” said G. Scott Goyer, President and CEO, YMCA of the Suncoast. “The Y is the leading nonprofit dedicated to improving the nation’s health and well-being, and the prevention of type 2 diabetes not only benefits the individual, but our community at large.”

Individuals who participate in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program take part in a year-long program beginning with 16 one-hour classroom sessions with a trained lifestyle coach who helps them learn about healthy eating, physical activity and other lifestyle changes. Following these sessions, participants meet monthly for added support in reaching their ultimate goals of reducing body weight by 5-7 percent and participating in 150 minutes of physical activity per week. Through lifestyle changes and modest weight reduction, a person with prediabetes can reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.

Learn more about the Diabetes Prevention Program