Diabetes Prevention Program
96 million American adults have prediabetes, but only 20% know they have it.
Having prediabetes puts adults at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, such as heart disease and stroke. Fortunately, prediabetes can be reversed.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) helps overweight adults at risk for type 2 diabetes, with an A1C range 5.7 - 6.4, reduce their risk through lifestyle modification. Delivered by Diabetes Lifestyle Coaches, the Y’s DPP is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-approved curriculum.
- The program provides a supportive environment for participants to achieve the goals of 7% weight loss and attaining 150 minutes of moderate physical activity (the equivalent of brisk walking) per week.
- DPP Lifestyle Coaches deliver the program over a 12-month period in a classroom setting to participants who meet qualification criteria.
How It Works
In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over 25 sessions. The year-long program consists of 16 weekly sessions and then three sessions every other week during the first six months, followed by 6 monthly sessions in the second six months.
- Reduce body weight by 7%
- Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week
Who Can Participate?
- Adults 18+ who are overweight (BMI > 25, Asian adults: BMI > 22) and at risk for developing type 2 diabetes''
Free for Qualifying Medicaid Members
Medicaid insurers Carolina Complete Health (CCH) and WellCare have partnered with the Y to provide the Diabetes Prevention Program to its qualifying members at no charge. (For CCH, regions 3, 4 and 5.) Work with your insurer and physician for a referral to the program.
- Carolina Complete Health members: click here to learn more and get a physician referral form.
- WellCare members: physician referral form
“My experience with the Diabetes Prevention Program has been a life-changing journey. The most important lesson I’ve learned is that my health is in my own hands. I was able to develop better eating habits, and increasing my exercise made all the difference. I am proud to say I have kept the weight off these past two years, and my A1C is now down to 5.4 from 5.9. Without the program, I would not be as healthy as I am."--program participant in Wilmington, N.C.