Coming September 2018: YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

The Richard G. Snyder YMCA in Kittanning, PA will be launching their first session of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program starting September 2018. Of the 84 million people with prediabetes, only 10 percent know they have the condition.

In addition to the high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, people with prediabetes are also at risk of
developing other chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke.

Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for
a diabetes diagnosis. To address this issue, the Richard G. Snyder YMCA offers the YMCA’s
Diabetes Prevention Program, which helps adults lose weight through healthier eating and
increased physical activity, potentially preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. The
YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a group-based lifestyle intervention for adults at highrisk
of developing type 2 diabetes and has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of
diabetes by 58 percent overall and by 71 percent in adults over 60.

“As health care evolves, community-based organizations like the YMCA will play a key role in
chronic disease prevention, increasing access to services that are outside of a traditional clinical
environment,” said Sarah Roudebush, Healthy Living Coordinator, Richard G. Snyder YMCA.
“Preventing Type 2 diabetes is a great example of this process in action, as once you know your
risk for prediabetes, programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help change
behaviors and potentially decrease chances of developing the disease.”

Individuals can assess their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at YMCA.net/diabetes. Through this assessment, visitors can also learn how lifestyle choices and family history help determine the ultimate risk for developing the disease. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include race, age, weight and activity level. If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, part of the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) led National Diabetes Prevention Program, is a 12-month evidence-based
program that features a lifestyle coach who helps participants learn tactics for healthy eating,
physical activity and other lifestyle changes during 25, one-hour classroom sessions. Long-term
program goals include reducing participants’ body weight by 5 to 7 percent and increasing
physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

Nationally, more than 55,000 people participated in the program at more than 1,100 sites in 47
states throughout the country. Participants who completed the yearlong program lost an
average of 5.5 percent of body weight and completed an average of 160 minutes of physical
activity per week.

For more information about how to qualify for access to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention
Program contact Sarah Roudebush at the Richard G. Snyder YMCA or visit www.rgsymca.org.