CHRONIC DISEASE PROGRAMS
YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program
This is a preventative 16-week program with eight monthly maintenance sessions for individuals who have been identified as prediabetic. Participants will engage with a lifestyle coach who will lead discussion around losing weight, changing nutritional habits and increasing motivation for making better health choices.
16 weekly session topics include:
- Three ways to eat less fat
- Being active: a way of life
- Tip the calorie balance
- Take charge of what’s around you
- Four keys to healthy eating out
- Ways to stay motivated
- And many more!
Improve your health and reduce your risk for Type 2 Diabetes!
Did You Know?
- An estimated 1 in 3 adults in the United States has prediabetes, yet only 7 percent know they have it.
- 29 million people have diabetes and 79 million to 86 million people have prediabetes.
- Prediabetes means a person has elevated blood glucose levels, but not high enough levels to be diabetic.
- Individuals with type-2 diabetes and prediabetes are at an increased risk for developing heart disease, stroke, and other chronic conditions.
- People who are overweight, inactive, and over the age of 45 are at risk.
- Type 2 diabetes is the leading cause of adult blindness and kidney failure.
- Type 2 diabetes accounts for 17 percent of deaths in adults over age 25.
- Research has shown that modest weight loss and regular physical activity can prevent or delay type-2 diabetes in adults.
- Losing just 5-7 percent body weight has been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes by 58 percent.
Watch this video to understand your diabetes risks.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA
LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA® serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to reclaim their health and well being. The Tampa Bay Area YMCAs are honored to offer this program to residents of Tampa Bay. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has served more than 25,000 people affected by cancer at nearly 400 YMCA locations across the nation.
We have set up a number of LIVESTRONG group exercise classes that will address the special wants, needs and interests of cancer survivors. This is a free program and is offered to any cancer survivor.
“LIVESTRONG at the YMCA will allow us to more effectively involve cancer survivors – and their families — in the YMCA through programs that focus on their specific health and well-being,” said G. Scott Goyer, president and CEO of YMCA of the Suncoast.
The program will help survivors build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. Additional goals include reducing the severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes, and improving energy levels. A final goal is to assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as part of their recovery, but as a way of life.
Certified YMCA fitness instructors give personal individualized instruction to the participants. To find out if your branch offers these classes, please contact a Y Welcome Center staff member by calling the branch directly.