YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

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

The YMCA of Columbia is now offering the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program to help adults make lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes. The program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

The program is an evidence-based program shown to reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes – one of the nation’s costliest chronic diseases. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a group-based lifestyle intervention for adults at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of diabetes by 58 percent overall and by 71 percent in adults over 60.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong program with 16 weekly sessions followed by 8 monthly sessions. In a relaxed classroom setting, a trained Lifestyle Coach helps participants learn skills to help them incorporate healthy eating, increase physical activity, and make other behavior changes a part of their everyday lives.The goals of the program are 7 percent weight loss and an increase in physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

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

Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not 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.

Learn your risk for developing type 2 diabetes

Do I quality for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program?

To be eligible for this program, participants must be at least 18 years old, overweight with a BMI of 25 or greater, and at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes. Youth under 18 and persons already diagnosed with diabetes do not qualify.

A Y membership is not required for participation. Financial assistance and payment plans are available for those who qualify.

Find out if you are eligible to participate.

Upcoming classes

There are no classes scheduled at this time.

How do I get started?

For more information, to participate in the program, or to suggest a location contact Ilia Owens, Community Wellness Director. You can also fill out the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program intake form and Ilia will be in touch with you.

Are you a medical provider?

Click here for the patient referral form.