Diabetes Prevention Program
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a community-based lifestyle improvement program for adults with prediabetes. Its purpose is to empower adults with lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
Currently, diabetes affects nearly 26 million people. Another 79 million have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes, but only 11 percent are aware of it.
Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduce the number of new cases of diabetes by 58% overall and by 71% in individuals over age 60.
Join us for the Y’s year-long diabetes prevention program as we increase our physical activity and reduce our risk of diabetes! To learn more about this program please contact Patience at (508) 362-6500 x136.
- Body-Mass Index Calculator
- About the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program
- Find Out More
- For Physicians
- Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund – Barnstable Partnership
Know Your BMI
Knowing your BMI (Body-Mass Index) can help in determining whether you’re at risk for diabetes or pre-diabetes. Use the calculator below to get your BMI and understand where you fall on the BMI index.
Reduce Your Risk for Type-2 Diabetes
What can you accomplish in one year? A lot! You can make a change for life and improve your health! Healthier eating, increasing your physical activity, and reducing your body weight by 7% can help reduce your risk of developing diabetes and improve your overall health.
You Don’t Have To Do It Alone!
In our Diabetes Prevention Program, participants gather in a relaxed classroom setting and work together in small groups to learn how to incorporate healthier eating and moderate physical activity into their daily lives.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program Is:
- Led by a trained Lifestyle Coach
- A one-year program: 16 weekly sessions, then 8 monthly sessions
- At least 18 years old,
- Overweight (BMI ≥25, Asian individual(s) BMI ≥22), and
- At risk for developing type 2 diabetes or
- Diagnosed with prediabetes (Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.)
- Download this quick checklist for more details on your eligibility
- Reduce body weight by 7%
- Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week
Find Out More
To see if you qualify or for more information about program fees and financial assistance, contact:
- PATIENCE SMITH-CABRERA
2245 Iyannough Road
West Barnstable, MA 02668
(508) 362-6500, extension 136
People with private health insurance should check with their employer about the availability of this program as a covered benefit, or contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to confirm eligibility at (800) 237-4942. YMCA Membership is not required!
You can also fill out the form below for more information and someone from the Diabetes Prevention Program will help you:
Physicians, You Can Help!
Health care providers have long been champions of health education and chronic disease prevention. Now, health care providers in this community are leading the charge to create awareness and support patients as they make changes for a healthier life.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can decrease the number of new type 2 diabetes cases and give patients at high risk for developing the disease tools for healthy living.
Please download this Diabetes Prevention Program flyer and display it for staff members and other physicians in your office.