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YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

The University of Louisville’s Get Healthy Now Program is partnering with the YMCA Greater Louisville to offer a 16-week program to reduce the risk of diabetes in individuals with pre-diabetes.

 

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YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

 

The University of Louisville’s Get Healthy Now Program is partnering with the YMCA's of Greater Louisville to offer a 16-week program to reduce the risk of diabetes in individuals with pre-diabetes.

YOU CAN TAKE CONTROL.

About 24 million people have diabetes in the United States and another 57 million people have pre-diabetes… a condition where blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.   People with pre-diabetes are at risk for developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes if they do not take proactive steps to mitigate risks. In fact, these individuals will progressively develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years unless they take steps to prevent or delay diabetes.

The YMCA of Greater Louisville and Get Healthy Now are working together to offer a 16-week program that helps people at high risk begin and maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes. The YMCA’S Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58%.

CAN I PARTICIPATE?

In order to qualify for the program you need to be overweight and at a high risk for developing diabetes.  A blood test will indicate your risk levels and is required.  A combination of risk factors such as family history, overweight, gestational diabetes, elevated cholesterol, etc., may also put you at high risk. Get Healthy Now (GHN) offers Health Assessments at no charge to participants to determine your blood glucose (sugar) levels.  If you've had a blood test within the last six months and can provide documentation of lab results, this will satisfy the requirement.

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will help you change your lifestyle by learning about healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions. Topics covered include nutrition, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more. After the initial 16 core sessions, you will meet monthly for up to a year for added support to help them maintain their progress.

Overview of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program:

  • 16 week program
  • 1 class/week
  • $50 enrollment fee (Paid directly to the YMCA---These funds are reimbursable through your Healthcare Flexible Spending Account if a doctor’s note and a receipt from the YMCA is provided)
  • Class size limited to 13 individuals
  • Participants must get a GHN Health Assessment, free-of-charge, to determine blood glucose (sugar) levels or provide lab results from within the last six months.

Class Information: Future classes are being considered. Please email Get Healthy Now to express interest in this offering.

If you have additional questions about the program, please contact Stephanie Weldy (Get Healthy Now) at (502) 852-6549.

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