The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program gives you the skills you need and the support you deserve to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program offers a variety of class times and locations in New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick Counties for your convenience. The 12-month group-based program consists of 16 one-hour, weekly sessions, followed by monthly sessions led by a trained lifestyle coach. Participants work to achieve a modest amount of weight loss while exploring how healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, and problem solving can benefit their health. You do not have to be a Y member to participate. For more information including program fees, financial assistance, or insurance coverage feel free to contact us!
Virtual Group Classes - NEW in English or Spanish Now accepting referrals for classes starting in January 2021!
What is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Risk for developing type 2 diabetes may be reduced or eliminated by weight loss, healthier eating and increased physical activity.
Did You Know?
- Eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes, but being overweight is a risk factor. - People with prediabetes may not have any symptoms - An estimated 86 million Americans ages 20 years and older have prediabetes - 89% of that 86 million have no idea they are at risk! National Institutes of Health research has shown that programs like the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program reduces the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and 71% in people over 60 years of age.
Do You Qualify?
To participate in the program, you must be: - 18 years or older - Overweight (BMI ≥ 25) and diagnosed with prediabetes via one of three blood tests or a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes. If you don't have a blood test result, you must have a qualifying risk score.
How Much Does it Cost?
We have grant funding through NC Blue Cross & Blue Shield to cover the cost($429) for participants who qualify and enroll in the program. The registration fee is $30 and this is refundable at the end of phase I of the program if participant attends 9 out of the first 16 sessions.