DIABETES prevention Program

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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.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month!  
86 MILLION people have prediabetes, a condition that puts them at risk for type 2 diabetes.  Only 9 MILLION are aware they have it.  People with prediabetes may not get diabetes if they know they have it and they take action to do something about it.  Help us make sure that 1 MILLION MORE people know their risk for diabetes.  Ask 10 people you love to take the test:  tell them to ask 10 more.   Scroll down:  the test is right here!  Together we can help the people we love prevent diabetes.  #YDiabetesPrevention  


Program Goals:
  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Gradually increase physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week

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.  They can prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes when they are at high risk for the disease. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help participants adopt and maintain these healthy habits to help improve overall health and well-being.
o   I am at least 18 years old
o   I am overweight (BMI ≥ 25:  click to calculate BMI)
o   I am at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes by a healthcare provider

o   A1c:  (must be 5.7% – 6.4%)
o   Fasting Plasma Glucose:  (must be 100 – 125 mg/dL)
o   2-hour (75 gm glucola) Plasma Glucose:  (must be 140 – 199 mg/dL)
o   Prediabetes determined by clinical diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) during previous pregnancy

Prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not yet diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in people with prediabetes through effective
lifestyle programs. Take the first step. Find out your risk for prediabetes.

Answer these seven questions - for each “Yes” answer, add the 
number of points listed:
Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth? 1 0
Do you have a parent with diabetes? 1 0
Do you have a brother or sister with diabetes? 1 0
Is your BMI > 25 (Use the calculator above.)? 5 0
Are you younger than 65 years of age and get little or no physical activity in a typical day? 5 0
Are you between 45 and 64 years of age? 5 0
Are you 65 years of age or older? 9 0

If your "yes" answers score 9 or higher, then you may be at risk for prediabetes or diabetes, and may qualify for the program.  This does NOT mean you have diabetes. You will need a blood test to confirm if you have diabetes.

Are you ready to join us?  
Contact Theresa Wing, RD at 585-341-4064 or email Theresa for more information about program fees and financial assistance*. Please download our brochure to have at your fingertips.


This program may be FREE to you!  Employees of Southwest Airlines, The Hertz Corporation, and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company should contact their Human Resources department, contact Theresa Wing, or call 1-800-237-4942 for information.

MVP Medicare and United Health Care patients might also be covered to participate!  Contact Theresa Wing or call 1-800-237-4942 to find out.

*Our financial assistance program is made possible, in part, through grant support from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.  Additional monies come courtesy of funding from YMCA of Greater Rochester's Annual Campaign.

upcoming classes
Southeast/Camp Arrowhead | Class is forming for Mondays at 3:00 pm.  Join us!
Bay View  | Class is forming for Mondays at 10:00am.  Join us!
Northwest | Class is in session:  call for our next start date!
Westside | Class is in session:  call for our next start date!                                
Eastside | Class is forming for Mondays at 6:30 pm.  Join us!        
Carlson MetroCenter | Class forming for Tuesdays at 1:00pm.  Join us!        
Maplewood | Class forming for Thursdays at 6:00 pm.  Join us!
Monroe | Class is in session:  call for our next start date!


Are you interested in another class time/day?  Call us at 585-341-4064!  Only 8-10 people are needed to start a class.  With enough interest, classes can form that can easily fit your needs!
Please call or email Theresa Wing  585-341-4064 for more information   

Maintenance Classes: 
Check the Schedule or contact Theresa Wing for information

Take the Diabetes Prevention Pledge on Facebook.

United Health Foundation’s Take Action for Change Initiative

A proud supporter of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, United Health Foundation launched this initiative with the release of America’s Health Rankings® in November 2011. Select the YMCA of Greater Rochester to receive a 25 cent donation for each vote via this Facebook link: Take Action for Change.