REDEFINE YOUR HEALTH, TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE
The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is a one year, community-based program where participants work in small groups with a trained Lifestyle coach in a relaxed, class room setting. In 25 sessions, participants learn how to incorporate healthier eating, moderate physical activity, problem-solving and coping skills into their daily lives. Reducing body weight by 7% and gradually increase physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week has been shown to reduce or eliminate risk for type 2 diabetes. For more information contact Hereforyou@fwymca.org or call 260.755.4940.
Am I at risk?
Your doctor can tell you if you are at risk. They can determine this through a blood test with one of the following results:
- Fasting plasma glucose between 100-125 mg/dL
- HbA1c between 5.7% and 6.4%
- Random or casual blood glucose level of 140-199 mg/dL or higher
- A combination of risk factors such as family history, overweight, gestational diabetes, elevated cholesterol, etc., may also put you at high risk
- Qualifying factors for joining the program are being at least 18 years of age and having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or more
Can I participate?
To qualify for the program, individuals must be overweight and at high risk for developing diabetes or overweight and have been diagnosed by a physician as someone with prediabetes. To complete the risk factor self-referral click here.
Healthcare Provider Referral
Do you have a patient that is at risk for type 2 diabetes? Please complete the healthcare provider referral to have the patient contacted by a Y representative.
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