There are currently 79 million people in the U.S. with pre-diabetes. If left untreated, these individuals are on the path to developing Type 2 diabetes, one of the nation’s leading causes of death.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) led National Diabetes Program, is a 12-month evidence-based program.
It provides a warm, supportive environment where a small group of individuals work together to learn how lifestyle balance can help reduce their risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Long-term program goals include reducing participants’ body weight by seven percent, and increasing physical activity (exercise) to 150 minutes per week.
The YMCA of the USA selected the YMCA of Greater Cleveland to offer the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention program at no cost to qualifying individuals with Medicare A/B (insurance).
Programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program have been shown to prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes among older adults by as much as 71 percent.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation selected the YMCA to assess the ability of YMCA’s to deliver the program at a cost savings to the Medicare Program. For a limited time, eligible people with Medicare A/B (traditional fee-for service Medicare) may enroll in the Diabetes Prevention Program at no cost.
To determine if they are eligible, older adults are encouraged to call Executive Director of Health and Wellness Services Linda McVey at 216 509 3480.
FIRST YEAR PROGRESS AT A GLANCE
Our focus during the first year of the program has been on building program awareness in the medical community, with community leaders, and the general public.
• Two classes are ending their year duration in September at the Parker Hannifin Corporation/Ferro Construction and the West Shore Family YMCA in Westlake.
• Four classes have finished their 16-week core session and are now in the Maintenance phase of the program at the Hillcrest Family YMCA, Ridgewood Family YMCA, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and the City of Independence.
• Five classes are currently in the 16-week core phase at the Downtown YMCA, Geauga, North Royalton, and Warrensville Heights Family YMCAs, and the North Olmsted Senior Center.
• Two classes will begin on September 9 at the Euclid Family YMCA, and the French Creek Family YMCA in Avon.
• At least four more new classes are finishing the enrollment stage and will begin within the next 45 days.
• We currently have eight certified Lifestyle Coaches, with six more currently going through the training and certification process.
• In the past five months we have awarded more than $1,000 in program scholarships to make this program affordable for all.
• All participants have been awarded a no cost 12-week YMCA membership during the course of their participation, at a value of $11,410.
• As of August 31, 2013, 84 people have committed to and attended the year-long program.