YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program


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The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program will start a new class in March. The program is a lifestyle improvement program for adults with prediabetes led by Jill Wagner, a certified Lifestyle Coach.

The program’s purpose is to empower adults with lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Currently, diabetes affects nearly 26 million people. Another 79 million have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes, but only 11 percent are aware of it.

Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduce the number of new cases of diabetes by 58% overall and by 71% in individuals over age 60.

Participants gather in a relaxed classroom setting and work together in small groups to learn how to incorporate healthier eating and moderate physical activity into their daily lives. The year- long program begins with 16 weekly sessions, phasing to monthly sessions. The cost is $429 for the year. Monthly payments can be made and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Participants need not be members of the YMCA.

To sign up or get more information, contact Jill Wagner at 507-433-1804, or email jwagner@ymca-austin.org. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help participants adopt and maintain healthy habits to improve overall health and well-being.

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