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Diabetes Prevention

Did you know that 1 in 3 adult Americans is at high risk for diabetes?

That's 79 million people!

Diabetes Prevention

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. This program helps those who have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe they may be at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious health condition that is marked by high glucose levels caused by abnormalities in the body's ability to produce or use insulin, a hormone that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. It can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure and blindness.

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. It is a potentially reversible condition that often leads to type 2 diabetes unless steps are taken to prevent it.

How do I know if I have prediabetes or I’m at risk?

Determining whether a person is at high risk for developing diabetes can be accomplished in three ways:

  1. Doctor diagnosis of prediabetes
  2. Blood test with one of the following results:
    • Fasting plasma glucose between 100 and 125 mg/dL
    • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test between 140 and 199 mg/dL
    • HbA1c between 5.7 and 6.4 percent
    • Random/casual blood glucose between 140 and 199 mg/dL
  3. A combination of risk factors such as family history, level of physical activity, gestational diabetes, etc.

Visit our FAQ Section for helpful answers about the program, or learn more about your risk factors. For more information about the Diabetes Prevention Program and how you can take control, contact Bev Johnson, MHA, MS, at bjohnson@vfymca.org

Is this an exercise class or nutrition lecture series?

No, it is not an exercise class or lecture series. It is a year-long program broken down into 16 core sessions followed by monthly maintenance sessions. Each session is in a classroom setting where a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes. This program is designed to help participants adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle changes over the course of one year.

Who qualifies for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program?

To qualify for the Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must be 18 or older, overweight/obese (having Body Mass Index greater than 25) and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, or have been diagnosed with prediabetes. The program is open to all individuals
through the Y regardless of their insurance status.

New Classes Launching Soon!

If you qualify and are interested in participating in one of our upcoming classes, please call Bev Johnson at 386-738-9622, x 313 to learn more about class starting dates, times and locations.  

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