YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

DID YOU KNOW?

30 million Americans have diabetes

Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease.

84.1 million Americans have prediabetes

People with prediabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless they take action to prevent or delay the disease.

THE GOOD NEWS

If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where you can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce your chances of developing the disease.

58% of all new cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented,

and 71% of new cases in individuals over age 60 can be prevented

through programs like the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program.

Data based on research from the National Institutes of Health (Source)

 


Take Control of Your Health

About the Program

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions.

Program Goals:

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

After the initial 16 core sessions, participants meet biweekly and then monthly for added support to help them maintain their progress.

Are you at risk? Take this quick test!

 

Meet Frank, Diabetes Prevention Program Participant and SilverSneakers® Member.

Frank came to the Y while recovering from cancer, to later embark on the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program. After successfully losing 35 pounds in the program, his doctor is pleased with his progress. Frank says, “You really feel a part of it,” when asked about the YMCA.

 


Who Can Participate

In order to qualify for the program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI > 25)* and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes** by a healthcare provider.

Financing and Insurance Coverage

Financial assistance and payment plans are available for qualifying individuals based on household income. Some United Health Care, Florida Blue and Medicare Part B insurance plans cover the cost of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program. Many employers cover the cost of the program including the City of St. Petersburg, BayCare Health Systems, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, Pinellas County Schools, Pinellas County Government,Pinellas County Sheriffs Office and many others.   Please call 727-235-6472 to verify eligibility and confirm coverage. 

*Asian individual(s) BMI > 22
**Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.

 

How To Enroll

To enroll, call the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Line at 727.235.6472 or visit one of our YMCA locations and inquire at Member Services.

For questions, contact Kieran Gabel, Director of Healthy Communities, at kgabel@stpeteymca.org or 727.394.9622 ext. 214.

 


Class Information for Current Participants

 

Thursdays at 7:15 PM at Jim and Heather Gills YMCA - starting March 28, 2019


Wednesdays at 6PM at Bardmoor YMCA - starting May 29, 2019 

Mondays at 5:15 PM at St. Anthony's Hospital - starting May 20th 

Wednesdays at 1:00 PM at St. Anthony's Hospital -starting March 6, 2019
 

Class dates are subject to change. Please contact us for additional YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Classes not listed above.

Classes are also available at our partner sites: St. Anthony's Hospital, Pinellas County School Board and the City of St. Petersburg. 


Already Diagnosed with Diabetes?

Our partners at St. Anthony's Hospital's LifeHelp Center and the St. Pete Free Clinic offer programs to support you with opportunities for education from qualified health professionals on your health journey.

 


Make a Gift

To support the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program and other programs that encourage healthy living, please consider making a donation.

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