YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

 
Diabetes Prevention Program Fact
The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program and is nationally supported by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance.
 
The program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating and increasing their physical activity in order to reduce their risk for developing diabetes. The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance.

Risk Factors for Diabetes

  • Being overweight or obese (i.e., BMI of 25 or higher)
  • First-degree family history of diabetes
  • Being age 45 or older
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Low HDL Cholesterol (35 mg/dl; 0.09 mmol/l) and high triglycerides (250 mg/dl;2.82 mmol/l)
  • High blood pressure (consistent reading of 140/90mmHg or higher)
  • History of gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • Belonging to one of the following ethnic populations: African Americans, Native American Indians, Latinos, Asian, Americans, and Pacific Islanders
  • Having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Having a history of vascular disease

Program Goals

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

Fees

Contact Susan Buell at sbuell@ymcapkc.org or 253-460-8912 for information about program fees. Insurance and financial assistance options may apply.

Interest Form

Pre-qualify for the program 


More Information

Contact Susan Buell at 253-460-8912. Fax line for referrals: 253-948-4998