Diabetes Prevention · Downtown Oakland YMCA
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is an innovative lifestyle modification program designed to help those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes to reduce their risk and gain tools for healthy living. The program focuses on healthy eating, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
- Lose 7% of your total body weight (about 10-15 pounds for a 200 lb. person)
- Engage in regular physical activity, gradually increasing your physical activity to 150 minutes per week (about 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week)
How it Works
- Participants meet in a private, classroom setting and are led by a trained YMCA Lifestyle Coach, offering support and guidance in achieving the program’s goals
- The program is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 one-hour weekly sessions, followed by monthly maintenance sessions
- Discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and more
- Stay motivated to maintain progress toward the program’s goals with monthly maintenance sessions after completing the first 16 weeks of the program
- All participants will receive four months of individual YMCA membership during the first four months of the program. Financial assistance may be available to those who apply.
Who Can Participate?
In order to qualify for the program, you must be:
- Age 18 or older, and
- Overweight (determined by a BMI ≥ 25), and
- At high risk for developing type 2 diabetes indicated by a confirmatory blood test or a qualifying risk score