Diabetes Prevention Program
We are happy to share that the West Cook YMCA is launching a new delivery system as part of our Virtual Y to bring you our complimentary Diabetes Prevention Program virtually, starting in July. If you think you may qualify, please take the self-assessment above and email us at email@example.com.
Download the informational brochure here.
Descargue el folleto informativo aquí.
If you are a referring physician, please click the button below to complete the DPP referral form.
CHANGE IS TOUGH—WE CAN HELP
Let’s face it, if change were easy, we’d all do it. You’ve spent years developing habits that you can’t expect to change overnight. It’s tough.
We can help.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program gives you the skills you need and the support you deserve to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes.
GROUP SUPPORT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED
Everyone needs a push, a pat on the back, a helping hand sometimes. A little encouragement goes a long way when you’re making big changes. In the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program you’ll spend a year surrounded by a group of supportive people with common goals who care about your well-being.
As a participant, you’ll enjoy:
- A safe space where you can feel comfortable sharing and learning in private.
- Making new friends. You will support each other as you all trade old habits for healthier new ones.
- Working as a group. You don't have to figure this out alone.
- The new energy and confidence that comes with losing weight and reducing your risk for diabetes.
IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH, BOOST YOUR ENERGY
To help reduce your risk for diabetes, your goal in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is to reduce your body weight by 7% and increase your physical activity by at least 150 minutes per week within the first half of the program.
For example, if you weigh 200 pounds your goal for the first half of the program would be to lose 14 pounds and increase your physical activity to what could be a brisk 30-minute walk 5-days per week.
Lose weight, boost your energy, reduce your risk for diabetes and improve your health for life!
DID YOU KNOW?
- Eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes, but being overweight is a risk factor.
- People with prediabetes may not have any symptoms.
- An estimated 86 million Americans ages 20 years and older have prediabetes.
- And… 89% of that 86 million have NO IDEA they’re at risk.
National Institutes of Health research has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduces the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and by 71% in people over 60.
West Cook YMCA and the National Council of Young Men’s Christian Association of the United States of America (“YMCA of the USA”) have made a commitment to collaborate with the nation’s YMCAs on efforts to support a national movement to increase awareness and take measures to prevent diabetes and its complications among groups at risk, and to help support treatment outcomes for individuals who have confirmed diagnoses or indications of prediabetes by promoting an effective lifestyle change. YMCA of the USA nor any YMCA offering the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program warrants or guarantees any specific outcomes for program participants with respect to diabetes prevention.