Reduce Your Risk, One Step at a Time
Drop in for our community event that offers an opportunity to learn about our YMCA Healthy Lifestyles Programs including the Diabetes Prevention Program and new Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program. Talk with Lifestyle coaches who can answer your questions on general health and behaviors. We hope to see you here!
More About Diabetes Prevention Program
- Currently, 86 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes, yet only 10 percent realize they are at risk. Having prediabetes means a person has elevated blood glucose levels that are not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. While only a blood test by a doctor can can confirm prediabetes, a person's family history, weight and high cholesterol levels are just a few of the factors that can put an individual in the high-risk category.
- The goal of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is to improve overall health and to help those with prediabetes understand the risks and options to learn new behaviors that last a lifetime. Programs like the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program have been shown to reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in adults and as much as 71 percent in those over the age of 60.
- The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.
More About Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
Participants will work with trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors for the duration of the four-month program. During this time, participants will be encouraged to
- Self-measure their blood pressure at least two times per month
- Attend two personalized consultations per month
- Attend monthly nutrition education seminars
- This program is available to YMCA Member AND Non-Members
The Y will provide options for participants who need a home blood pressure monitor. Through this program, participants will gain better management of their blood pressure, an awareness of the triggers that elevate blood pressure and develop healthier eating habits.