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YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program
Diabetes Prevention Program
Did you know?
- About 79 million American adults have prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal.
- People with prediabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless they take action to prevent or delay the disease.
- Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease.
You can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes
and gain tools for healthy living.
From one of our friends...
"Dear Pre-Diabetic Patient,
This is my New Year wish for you:
In December of 2013, I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic. I was at my highest weight ever. I weighed 272 lbs. I immediately revamped my eating habits but I didn't know enough about how to prevent this from turning into full blown adult onset diabetes. I researched programs online and spoke with my doctor. She recommended I attend the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program. My doctor and I contacted the YMCA in Stoughton, MA. They are all wonderful people. Lauren worked hard to locate a group for me that would meet the night and time I needed.
The one year commitment includes a weigh-in and meeting each week for 16 weeks, monthly meetings for the remainder of the year and after the 5th meeting I was given a complimentary 3 month pass to use the facility. At the meetings we weigh in and discussed various tools and strategies to use to help get the weight down and the pre-diabetes in check. The lessons each week give me great information about the changes I needed to make and reassure me that some of the things I am already doing are correct. My coach, Christina, is very supportive and caring. The camaraderie among the group gives me strength to continue on. I feel that we will be lifelong friends. Along with their support and the support of the program I was able get a clean bill of health at my physical in December 2014. I am no longer pre-diabetic and my cholesterol, blood pressure and all other blood work is in the normal range. My year is not up and my work will never be done because this is lifestyle change but as of December 29, 2014 I have lost 52lbs!!
If you are struggling with pre-diabetes I encourage you to have your doctor contact your local YMCA and sign-up. You are worthy of the time and commitment it takes to get HEALTHY!
If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where you can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce your chances of developing the disease.
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. You will learn strategies for eating healthier, increasing your physical activity and making other changes that will improve your overall health and well-being. National Institutes of Health research has proven that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by almost 60%.
Lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight can prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes in those at high risk for the disease. With the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, you can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt habits that will improve your overall health and well-being and reduce your risk and ensure that you can live life to its fullest.
Lose 7% of your body weight
Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week.
Program is enrolling NOW!
To learn more, contact Lauren Bartell, Director of Healthy Living, at:
781-341-2016 ext 204 / YMCADPP@oldcolonyymca.org