YMCA of Western North Carolina
The YMCA of Western North Carolina is committed to supporting people in their quest to live life to its fullest, healthiest potential through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. 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 aged 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.
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.
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 diabetes1.
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 problems2.
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 diabetes3.
Do I Qualify?
There are many factors that determine if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes – lifestyle, age, family history, and weight to name a few.
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. Still don't know if you qualify?
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