ymca diabetes prevention program

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“I went through the program last winter and lost 35 lbs.! I have been trying to get motivated for almost 10 years plus I have a very high incidence of diabetes in my family.  I recognize that each person has to be "ready" to make the commitment, but if they are I highly recommend this program.  It was just what I needed; not too restrictive, supportive and offered much information and tools.”
- Jennifer Miller, Sarasota School Board staff 

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The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Diabetes Prevention Program has shown that with lifestyle changes and modest weight reduction, a person with pre-diabetic symptoms can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. The program strives to help participants achieve two primary goals:

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Engage in regular physical activity

How it Works

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is a 16-week program developed to reduce the risk of diabetes in individuals showing pre-diabetic symptoms. Each week’s one-hour session is facilitated by a trained Lifestyle Coach and will cover nutrition, physical activity and behavior modification to help participants achieve the program’s two main goals. Sessions will guide participants in ways to eat healthy while eating out, manage stress, and stay motivated after the program’s completion. The 16 core sessions are followed by 8 months of Maintenance classes to round out a full year of support!

Rewards: To help keep you motivated, the program includes a few incentives. These include a free, 16-week individual membership to the SKY Family YMCA locations in Venice, Englewood, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs and a $50 Publix gift card for losing 7% body weight by week 16!

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