May / June 2016
By Lharissa Jacobs, M.Ed, MBA
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps reduce the burden of diabetes in communities across the country.
The latest statistics show that 29.1 million Americans had diabetes and an estimated 86 million Americans had prediabetes in 2014.
The YMCA of Greater Houston has access to this evidence-based program that can address a pressing community need through willing local partners, a supportive national infrastructure, and a compelling long-term sustainability model.
Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Risk for developing Type 2 diabetes may be reduced or eliminated by weight loss, healthier eating and increased physical activity.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a community-based lifestyle improvement program for adults with prediabetes. Its purpose is to empower adults with lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent, and 71 percent in adults over the age of 60.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps individuals at risk for Type 2 diabetes reduce or delay the incidence of the disease. The target audience for the program is overweight adults at risk for Type 2 diabetes. Qualified participants must be at least 18 years old and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or greater or 22 for Asians. In addition, participants must qualify with a blood glucose level in the prediabetes range, a prediabetes diagnosis from a physician, or a self-assessed score calculated from risk quiz that can be accessed at: ymcahouston.org/links/ydppquestionnaire.pdf.
Please call the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance at 800- 237-4942 to confirm eligibility through United Healthcare. Your flexible savings account, flexible spending arrangement or health savings account may allow for payment to participate in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program as a disease prevention program.