Diabetes Prevention & Management Programs
Diabetes is often called the "silent killer" because of its easy-to-miss symptoms. We are in the mist of a devastating epidemic that is affects more than 100 million people in the US alone.
Diabetes can result in an array of altering side effects that can lead to serious complications.
- Heart and blood vessel damage
- Nerve damage
- Kidney damage
- Loss of vision
- Hearing impairment
- Skin infections
- Alzheimer's disease
Diabetes Prevention Program is for those who are those who are high risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes and/or have been diagnosed with prediabetes. It is a year-long programs with 25 support classroom sessions. Participants learn about healthy eating and increasing physical activity to reduce risk of diabetes.
How the program works:
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is part of CDC led National Diabetes Prevention Program. It gets to the root of the diabetes epidemic by helping those at high risk of developing the disease make lifestyle changes. The program focuses on healthy eating, physical activity and weight management. The program goals are to reduce body weight by 7% and increase physical activity by 150 minutes per week.
Participants must meet the following criteria:
• Must be 18 or older,
• Overweight/obese (BMI > 25)
• High risk for developing type 2 diabetes, or have been diagnosed with prediabetes.
- Lose 5 – 7% of your body weight
- Gradually increase your physical activity to 150-minutes per week.
Participants in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program meet in a classroom setting as a group with a trained YMCA lifestyle coach for 16 weekly core sessions. During the sessions, they learn how to make healthier food choices, how to incorporate more physical activity into their daily routine and how to manage a healthy weight. After the initial 16 core sessions, participants meet monthly for added support to help them maintain their progress.
Please contact Erin Widener at [email protected] or 907-646-8104 for information about the program fee. Payment plans as well as financial assistance are available. Enrollment in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program includes a free adult membership (worth over $780)
Sessions run September - August and January - December. Each class is a year long program.
If interested in more information about the Diabetes Prevention Program email Erin Widener at [email protected] and she will get in touch with you.
What is HALT Diabetes?
HALT (Health And Lifestyle Training) Diabetes is an online-only delivery platform that any CDC recognized organization can utilize to provide the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) Lifestyle Change Program (LCP) virtually. The platform is custom-branded and includes a CDC-approved video-based curriculum, participant and coaching dashboards, mobile apps, photo food-logging and CDC-data collection and reporting functionality. HALT provides asynchronous access to the weekly curriculum via its state-of-the-art technology but also includes access to a local coach from their community or state. The HALT platform allows lifestyle change coaches to offer the National DPP LCP remotely across their entire state – in English and in Spanish – and soon, it will offer a new hypertension module to address self-monitored blood pressure education.