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YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program

Did you know more than 562,000 people in the St. Louis area are living with prediabetes, but more than 90 percent of them are not aware they have it?

Prediabetes is a potentially reversible condition that often leads to diabetes, and 79 million people in the US are estimated to have it.  If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing the disease, the Y is here to help you!

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Diabetes Prevention Program has shown that with lifestyle changes and modest weight reduction, a person with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. The program strives to help participants achieve two primary goals:

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Engage in regular physical activity

Based on effective efforts researched by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program will help you learn about and adopt the healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Through the program you will receive support and encouragement from both a trained lifestyle coach and fellow classmates as you develop a plan for improving and maintaining your overall well-being.

To register for a class, please contact Joyce Hoth at 314-436-1177 or jhoth@ymcastlouis.org