YMCA of Greater Erie

Erie, PA – September 6, 2017 – The YMCA of Greater Erie and the Sight Center of Northwest Pennsylvania have recently joined forces to offer a diabetes prevention program, not only to YMCA members, but also to individuals in the Erie community who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The Y and the Sight Center announced today that they are working together to support and strengthen community-based preventive services for those who are at-risk for diabetes.

Diabetes is a widespread health concern for the Erie community and is referred to as a growing epidemic across the nation. To be eligible to participate in the program, individuals must be:

  • at least 18 years old and
  • Be overweight (body mass index ≥25; ≥23 if Asian) and
  • Have no previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes and
  • Have a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year:
    • Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7%–6.4% or
    • Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL or
    • Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL or
  • Be previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes

In response to the need for preventive services, the two organizations have elected to collaborate to bring a twelve month diabetes prevention program (DPP) to Y members and the community at large. DPP is an approved program of the Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention that incorporates behavioral and lifestyle interventions targeting adults who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Participants in the 12 month program will learn to make gradual lifestyle changes through diet and exercise. With a goal of losing 7% of their starting body weight, DPP participants will learn tips and strategies to eat a healthier diet and increase their activity level to at least 150 minutes each week. Ongoing support and instruction is provided through regular group meetings offered once a week for the first 16 weeks of the program, followed by monthly meetings for the remainder of the 12 months. Additional support is offered through one on one sessions as needed with a certified lifestyle coach.

The Y will serve as a referral source to the Sight Center’s program, offering risk assessments and information to members. The Sight Center will administer the program utilizing the expertise and training of a certified lifestyle coach already on staff. Classes will be held at the Eastside Family Y, 2101 Nagle Road, for a nominal fee.

For more information about the DPP or to sign up for a class, contact the front desk at the  Eastside Family YMCA  or Kelly Gibson at 814-899-9622, ext. 237.

About the YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Erie is a leading nonprofit community resource providing services and programs in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Our cause is to strengthen community. We serve a diverse population of men, women, and children with an emphasis on families.

About the Sight Center

For nearly 80 years, the Sight Center has worked to prevent blindness and promote independence for those with vision loss. Through prevention, vision rehabilitation and specialized support services, the Sight Center provides needed resources and hope to those with low vision or blindness. To find out more about the Sight Center’s programs, visit them online at SightCenternwpa.org or call 455-0995.