The YMCA of Catawba Valley offers the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – an innovative program proven 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 of 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. With support and funding from The JPB Foundation, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is available at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a year-long program with 16 weekly sessions followed by 8 monthly sessions. In a relaxed classroom setting, a trained Lifestyle Coach helps participants learn skills that will help them incorporate healthy eating, increasing physical activity, and other behavior changes into their everyday lives. The goals of the program are 7 percent weight loss and an increase in physical activity to 150 minutes per week. To be eligible for this program, participants must be at least 18 years old 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 diagnosed with diabetes do not qualify. A Y membership is not required for participation.
A free informational meeting will be held on Thursday, October 8th at 6:00pm at the C.O. Miller Teen Center. Tammy Carroll (Frye Regional Medical Center, Diabetes Educator) is the program coordinator and will facilitate this meeting. Anyone who is interested in a diabetes prevention program should contact Angela Chapman at 828.324.2858 for additional information.