Diabetes Prevention Program

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In the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program focuses on behavior changes that can improve the health of participants. Take this assessment to determine your risk level and then contact the Healthy Living Center at (814) 899-9622 to discuss eligibility.

Summer Camp Registration opens Monday, April 5.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a one year, community-based program where participants work in a small group with a trained Lifestyle coach in a relaxed, class room setting. In 25 sessions, participants learn how to incorporate healthier eating, moderate physical activity, problem-solving and coping skills into their daily lives. 

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The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being. Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% and 71% in adults over the age of 60.

Everyone needs a push, a pat on the back, a helping hand sometimes. A little encouragement goes a long way when you’re making big changes. As a participant
in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, you will take 25 classes over the course of a year surrounded by a group of supportive people with common goals who care about your well-being.

As a participant, you’ll enjoy:

  • A safe space where you can feel comfortable sharing and learning in private.
  • Making new friends. You will support each other as you all trade old habits for healthier new ones.
  • Working as a group. You don’t have to figure this out alone.
  • The new energy and confidence that comes with losing weight and reducing your risk for diabetes.
  • The flexibility of beginning the program when it’s convenient for you. Classes typically have between 8-18 participants in them. If there is space in a newly formed class, you can join up to the 4th session

To participate in the program, you must be:

  • 18 years or older,
  • Overweight (BMI ≥ 25)*, and
  • Diagnosed with prediabetes via one of three blood tests or a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes.**

If you don’t have a blood test result, you must have a qualifying risk score.

The YMCA of Greater Erie complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

To help reduce your risk for diabetes, your goal in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is to reduce your body weight by 7% and increase your physical activity
by at least 150 minutes per week within the first half of the program.

For example, if you weigh 200 pounds your goal for the first half of the program would be to lose 14 pounds and increase your physical activity to what could be a brisk 30-minute walk, five days per week.

Lose weight, boost your energy, reduce your risk for diabetes and improve your health for life!

All participants will receive a FREE 6 month YMCA membership to help achieve their physical activity goals.

Grant funding options available through the Highmark Health Foundation and the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program (NAP). Financial assistance for those who qualify. Call the Center for Healthy Living at (814) 899-9622 or email [email protected]

Please check the above Do you Qualify information. If you think you may qualify, and are interested in the program, please contact Center for Healthy Living at (814) 899-9622 or email [email protected]

Program sessions run throughout the year as participants are qualified and have varying start dates.

Path 2 Prevention is your FREE online resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to learn more about prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, and the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP). The site provides you with interactive games, activities, and information based on where you are now, to guide you on your path towards a healthier life.

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For more information and to discuss your risk and next class sessions, please feel free to call us at (814) 899-9622, email us anytime or use the form below.

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What Participants Are Saying

"Everything we were learning just clicked and while my weight is far from where I would like it to be, by A1c went down from 6.1 to 5.6 which is huge! Also, my cholesterol went down about 70 points- enough that my doctor asked if we'd started anything to lower my cholesterol. That was a big win for me!
I feel healthier - terrific even - and friends tell me I look great. I've changed the way I cook for myself and my daughter, and now (she) is checking the packaging on foods, taking smaller portions for dessert and making wiser food decisions. I'm now doing something that is positive for both of us and I want to tell everyone about it.
The program has taught us to make reasonable lifestyle changes to prevent or delay the onset of iabetes, and this next phase—LIFE—will be an ongoing test of verything we’ve learned during this year ogether and a challenge to stay focused on our health goals. Always. I know that we will all stay in contact, because we’ve created a strong bond that goes well beyond a weekly or monthly meeting. I use my old (food and activity) trackers to plan healthy menu ideas and create my weekly grocery list. Of course, there are some pages that are shameful, but life isn’t perfect. And when I look at the page where I slipped and lost control at the all-you-can-eat buffet, I turn the page and see how I got back on my feet and ate healthy the rest of the week.
After a blood test, my doctor said I was in the prediabetes range and really stressed [diabetes] is a route I don’t want to go. It really didn’t sink in at first. My mother-in-law had diabetes and I have friends with diabetes, so I’ve seen how hard it can be to live with it. [The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program] was very thorough and progressive. Each session gave a little different aspect, and eventually you put it all together. I really liked how it all fit together: the way you eat, the physical activity, managing stress—it all matters.