Diabetes Prevention

What is the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program?

As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y believes that all people should be able to live life to its fullest, healthiest potential. 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 benefit their health.

Class Schedule

Registration Open Through October 5

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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.
Discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more.
Stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals with monthly maintenance sessions.

What are the program goals:

Lose 7% of your body weight
Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

Can I Participate?

To qualify for the program, individuals must be overweight and at high risk for developing diabetes or overweight and have been diagnosed by a physician as someone with pre-diabetes.

In order to qualify for the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI>25) and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with pre diabetes.

If you answer yes to at least two of the following criteria you may also be eligible:

• Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth?
• Do you have a parent with diabetes?
• Do you have a brother or sister with diabetes? Find your height on the chart to the right. Do you weigh as much as or more than the weight listed for your height?
• Are you younger than 65 years of age and get little or no physical activity in a typical day?
• Are you between 45 and 64 years of age?
• Are you 65 years of age or older?

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.
To register or to find out if you are eligible, contact Keesha Nelson, Diabetes Prevention Coordinator, at 205.923.1195


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A trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions.  After the initial 16 core sessions, participants meet monthly for added support to help maintain progress.

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