On Friday, December 6, 2019, the YMCA of Southeastern NC received CDC Full Recognition status for their Diabetes Prevention Program. YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to help adults make lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
YMCA of Southeastern NC has been effectively delivering its Diabetes Prevention Program since 2015, serving more than 150 individuals. The program’s impact on the prevention of type 2 diabetes in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties, was recently celebrated by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The YMCA of Southeastern NC was awarded full recognition status, which is the CDC’s highest honor for Diabetes Prevention Programs and means that a program has demonstrated effectiveness and meets the highest level of quality.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based program shown to reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes – one of the nation’s costliest chronic diseases. The program is a group-based lifestyle intervention for adults at high risk for 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.
“The CDC reports that 29 million Americans have diabetes and, if trends continue, this number could triple by 2050. This is staggering,” said Bridget Carroll.
“But what’s more staggering is that currently, 86 million, or 1 in 3, adults have prediabetes but only 10 percent are aware of it. Knowing your risk for prediabetes is the key to taking control and reducing these statistics. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program empowers participants to make lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes.”
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 teaches participants the skills to better incorporate healthy eating, increased physical activity, and other behavior changes into their everyday lives. The goals of the program are to achieve 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, overweight with a BMI of 25 or greater, and at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes. YMCA membership is not required for participation, and grant funding allows participants to join the program at no cost.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. Click here to learn more about our Diabetes Prevention Program...