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YMCA Diabetes PreventionDiabetes Prevention Program

Program Details

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

YMCA Diabetes Prevention is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58%.

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will help you change your lifestyle by learning about healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions.  Topics covered include nutrition, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more. After the initial 16 core sessions, you will meet monthly for up to a year for added support to help them maintain their progress.

Program Goals:

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Gradually increase physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week
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 pre-diabetes.

Am I at risk?

  • Your doctor can tell you if you are at risk.  He 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 240-199 mg/dL or higher
  • A combination of risk factors such as family history, overweight, gestational diabetes, elevatedcholesterol, etc., may also put you at high risk.

Schedules and Locations

Location Date Day Time
NCH Corporation

MAINTENANCE:  1st Tuesday of each month

Start: 2/2012 - 8/2012

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Freeman Corporation

MAINTENANCE:  1st Wed. of each month

Start: 5/2012 -12/2012

11:30am - 12:30pm

Town North YMCA

MAINTENANCE:  1st Thursday each month

Start: 6/7/2012 - 2/7/2013

6:00pm - 7:00pm

NCH Corporation Every Thursday (April-July) Start:  4/12/2012

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Scottish Rite Hospital Every Thursday (May-Sept) Start:  5/10/2012

12:00pm - 1:00pm

McKinney YMCA Every Monday (May - Sept) Start:  5/21/2012

5:15pm - 6:15pm

CEC Entertainment Every Friday (June - Oct) Start:  6/15/2012

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Coppell Family YMCA Every Wed (July - Nov) Start:  7/11/2012 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Russell Creek YMCA Every Thur  (July - Nov) Start: 7/12/2012

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Future Laucnh Sites:  Classes begin when registration exceeds 8 or more; July/August tentative programs include:  Russell Creek, Town North and Rockwall YMCA's!  More details to come!

UnitedHealthcare members should check with their employer for program availability, or contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to confirm eligibility at 1-800-237-4942.

Media Release Diabetes Prevention


To register or to find out if you are eligible, contact:

Susannah Peterson,
Director of Healthy Lifestyles
Ph: (214) 561-1509

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