Contact:

Janene Grodesky

dpp@ymcabr.org or 225-924-3606

 



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We enjoyed hearing guest speaker, Michelle speak at the metro board meeting today. Michelle is a participant in the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program. She has lost 42 lbs and enjoys the boot camp class and the goal keeper. She hopes to continue her success in the program, run a marathon and play basketball again. 

Based on effective efforts researched by the National Institutes of Health, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program will help you learn about and adopt the healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Through the program you will receive support and encouragement from both a trained lifestyle coach and fellow classmates as you develop a plan for improving and maintain your overall well-being.

The 12-month group-based program consists of 16 one-hour, weekly sessions, followed by monthly sessions led by a trained lifestyle coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar goals.

  • Discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more.

  • Stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals with monthly maintenance sessions.


  • Lose 7% of your body weight

  • Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

You will do this by learning strategies for:


Healthy Eating: Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier food options has been proven to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.


Increasing Physical Activity: Studies have been repeatedly shown that moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes, five days a week can help improve your blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol and prevent blood flow problems.


Losing Weight: It has been shown that reducing your body weight by even a small amount (as little as 7%) can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes.


Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the program has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%. The reduction was even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.

 

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