Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes Prevention

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New Class Starting this spring

Downtown, Pelham, Trussville

Northeast, Vestavia

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.

Program Details:

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.

Program Goals:

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

Participants Must...

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 prediabetes. 

  1. you must be at least 18 years old
  2. overweight (BMI>25)
  3. at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes. 

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

  1. Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth?
  2. Do you have a parent with diabetes?
  3. Do you have a brother or sister with diabetes? 
  4. Are you younger than 65 years of age and get little or no physical activity in a typical day?
  5. Are you between 45 and 64 years of age?
  6. Are you 65 years of age or older?

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Contact Keesha Nelson to find out if you are eligible. 


Contact Keesha Nelson at (205) 801-7224

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