There's no denying it - Diabetes is a serious, debilitating condition. By increasing blood sugar to higher than normal levels, it increases your likelihood for other severe health complications such as heart disease, kidney failure, and stroke. While there's no cure for diabetes, programs like the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program can help ensure that it's not inevitable.
If you are a healthcare professional looking to refer a patient to this program, please scroll down to the bottom of this page!
Led by a Trained Lifestyle Coach
Each session is taught by a Lifestyle Coach that has been trained in facilitating this program.
The coach will introduce topics in a small classroom setting and encourage participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes can benefit their health.
Your Commitment is Needed
This is a 1-year program that meets in 16 weekly sessions, followed by 8 monthly session.
Participants work with a small supportive group, led by a trained coach. The focus is learn about eating healthier and increasing physical activity. The goal of the program is for each participant to reduce his/her body weight by 7% and increase his/her physical activity to 150 minutes per week.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance.
Although the year long Diabetes Prevention Program is $429, there are scholarships and other specials available to you. Introductory offers, up to $200 in savings, may be available -- even to those who might not otherwise qualify for a Y scholarship. Bottom line ... prevention!
Diabetes Does Not Discriminate
Anyone can get diabetes. Sure, there are commonalities making it more likely for people to get the disease, but it does not discriminate for age, race, gender. We do not either. As a non-profit, open to all, we are committee to serving all people. Please read our policy.
We are also open to have our materials translated into one of the 15 major languages.
The Akron Area YMCA has been recognized by the CDC as an accredited site to teach this incredible program! We are honored to walk alongside those who are interested in preventing Diabetes.
Information for Health Professionals:
Through our expertise in chronic disease prevention, the Y can help you help your patients.
As a leading nonprofit strengthening community, in part through healthy living, the Y knows that in order to remain healthy, patients diagnosed with prediabetes often need to make lifestyle changes. We also understand that such changes can come with challenges, and that having a reliable support system can not only make adjustments easier for your patients, but also help ensure that they stay motivated.
The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program – based on research by the National Institutes of Health and part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – is a proven, community-based disease prevention resource that can provide your patients with the support they need to adopt the behaviors you recommend to improve their condition. It uses a classroom setting and peer support to introduce and emphasize the benefits of:
-moderate physical activity
-modest weight loss
At the Y, we believe all people deserve the opportunity to live full, healthy lives. When you refer patients to the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program you can rest assured that they are receiving help and guidance from trained lifestyle coaches who understand the many day-to-day changes they are trying to make. We will work closely with them to make sure that their efforts are supported and that they develop the kinds of healthy habits that we know can help delay, or even prevent, the onset of type 2 diabetes. If you have a patient that you think would be a good fit for our program, please email us using the button above.
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