Diabetes Prevention Program in South Palm Beach County

YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to a variety of health problems. Pre-diabetes is a potentially reversible condition that often leads to diabetes, and 79 million people in the United States are estimated to have it. If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, or believe you may be at risk, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help!

In the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program a trained lifestyle coach will introduce topics in a small classroom setting. The 12-month group-based program consists of 16 core sessions, followed by monthly maintenance sessions. Topics of the program include how healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes, reducing stress, problem solving, can benefit your health. This program is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum. WE OFFER CLASSES IN SPANISH AND CREOLE!

CLICK HERE FOR CLASS SCHEDULE or contact our Diabetes Prevention Coordinator, Robin Nierman for more information: 561-300-3227 or rnierman@ymcaspbc.org. For Spanish, please call 561-300-3200, for Creole, please call 561-300-3201. school district

*This program is covered by UnitedHealthcare for School District of Palm Beach County employees and eligible covered spouses and dependents. 

What Is Pre-diabetes?

Pre-diabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with pre-diabetes are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Am I At Risk?

Pre-diabetes increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Take the quiz below to learn if you are at risk for pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes: Pre-diabetes risk quiz from the National Diabetes Education Program. 

For Physician’s with Referrals: Downloadable forms to send referrals into the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program are available through the Program Coordinator.

For Health Professionals: Through our expertise in chronic disease prevention, the Y can help you help your patients. As a leading nonprofit strengthening community, in part, through healthy living, the Y knows that in order to remain healthy, patients diagnosed with pre-diabetes often need to make lifestyle changes. We also understand that such changes can come with challenges and that having a reliable support system can not only make adjustments easier for your patients, but also help ensure that they stay motivated.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – based on research by the National Institutes of Health and part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – is a proven, community-based disease prevention resource that can provide your patients with the support they need to adopt the behaviors you recommend to improve their condition. It uses a classroom setting and peer support to introduce and emphasize the benefits of:

  • healthy eating
  • moderate physical activity
  • modest weight loss
  • staying motivated

We believe all people deserve the opportunity to live full, healthy lives. When you refer patients to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program you can rest assured that they are receiving help and guidance from trained lifestyle coaches who understand the many day-to-day changes they are trying to make. We will work closely with them to make sure that their efforts are supported and that they develop the kinds of healthy habits that we know can help delay, or even prevent, the onset of type 2 diabetes. We will provide you with updates on your patients’ progress at regular intervals.

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N.Y. Times article discusses YMCA Diabetes Program Effectiveness: Read the New York Times featured article on the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program and hear first-hand how it’s working for program participants.

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