YMCA DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk by taking necessary steps to improve their health and well-being.

Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and blindness. Prediabetes is a potentially reversible condition that often leads to type 2 diabetes, and 79 million people in the United States are estimated to have it. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing the disease, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you develop a healthier lifestyle and work with you to reduce the risks this condition can pose to your health.

Diabetes

Based on effective efforts researched by the National Institutes of Health, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program will help you learn about and adopt the healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Through the program you will receive support and encouragement from both a trained lifestyle coach and fellow classmates as you develop a plan for improving and maintaining your overall well-being.  The program will provide a supportive environment where participants work together in small groups to learn about healthier eating and increasing physical activity to reduce the risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

…the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program will help you learn about and adopt the healthy eating and physical activity habits…

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is certified to pilot this program here in West Michigan, with a focus on serving the most vulnerable populations – low income individuals, including those of Latino or African American descent that have the highest risk and the greatest need for intervention.

How It Works:

  • The 12-month group-based program consists of 16 one-hour, weekly sessions, followed by monthly sessions led by a trained lifestyle coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar goals.
  • Discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more.
  • Stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals with monthly maintenance sessions.

Program Goals:

  • Lose 7% of your body weight
  • Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

You will do this by learning strategies for:

Healthy Eating

Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier food options has been proven to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Increasing Physical Activity

Studies have repeatedly shown that moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes, five days a week can help improve your blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol and prevent blood flow problems.

Losing Weight—

It has been shown that reducing your body weight by even a small amount (as little as 7%) can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes.

Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the program has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%. The reduction was even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.

CLASS SCHEDULE

The following classes are open for enrollment. All classes are 16 weekly sessions.
For more information or to enroll in the class, please contact us.

January 2015

Classes begin January 10

David D. Hunting YMCA
475 Lake Michigan Dr. NW

  • Saturdays 10:00 – 11:00 am
  • Saturdays 11:15 AM – 12:15 pm (SPANISH)

Classes begin January 14

Clinica Santa Maria
730 Grandville Ave. SW (SPANISH)

  • Wednesdays 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:00 pm

February 2015

Classes begin February 2
Spectrum Health Healthier Communities

75 Sheldon Blvd. SE (SPANISH)

  • Mondays 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Classes begin February 3

David D. Hunting YMCA|
475 Like Michigan Dr. NW

  • Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Classes begin February 13

David D. Hunting YMCA|
475 Like Michigan Dr. NW

  • Fridays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Classes begin February 3

David D. Hunting YMCA|
475 Like Michigan Dr. NW

  • Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Classes begin February 9
Native American Education Program
Straight School, 850 Chatham, NW

  • Tuesdays, 5:50 – 6:30 pm

March 2015

Classes begin March 7

David D. Hunting YMCA
475 Like Michigan Dr. NW

  • Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Fridays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Enroll Today!

For information about the program or to see if you qualify contact:

Community Outreach
YMCA OF GREATER GRAND RAPIDS
616.855.9513
Note: To qualify you must be 18 years of age and have a BMI of 25 or greater (22 or greater for Asian individuals) and be at risk for type 2 diabetes.

Important Resources

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If you are interested in learning more or would like to see if you qualify for the program, please contact Community Outreach at 616.855.9513.

If you are interested in learning more or would like to see if you qualify for the program, please contact Community Outreach at 616.855.9513.