Diabetes Prevention Program

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Did you know that 1 in 3 adult Americans is at high risk for diabetes?

That’s 86 million people!

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. This program helps those who have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe they may be at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This program is designed to help you adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle changes over the course of one year.

Program Goals

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

Who qualifies for the program?

To qualify for the Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must be 18 or older, overweight/obese (having Body Mass Index greater than 25) and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, or have been diagnosed with prediabetes. The program is open to all individuals through the Y regardless of their insurance status. YMCA membership is not required. You may qualify for this program at no additional cost through your insurance provider.

Upcoming Diabetes Prevention Classes

The Diabetes Prevention Program is not an exercise or nutrition lecture series. Instead, it is a year-long program broken down into 16 one-hour weekly sessions followed by bi-weekly and monthly sessions. Each session is in a classroom setting where a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes. After the initial 16 core sessions, participants meet bi-weekly then monthly for added support to help them maintain their progress throughout their first year.

Brooks Family YMCA
Tuesdays at 3PM
Registration for this session closes Tuesday, June 5

Dye Clay Family YMCA
Tuesdays at 6:30PM
Registration for this session closes Tuesday, June 5

Winston Family YMCA
Fridays at 11:30AM
Registration for this session closes Friday, June 8

Solomon Calhoun Community Center in St. Augustine
Wednesdays at 6pm
Classes will begin on July 11

Help us plan our fall sessions! Please contact Lisa Peacock at 904.265.1810 or myhealth@fcymca.org to express your interest and availability.

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What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious health condition that is marked by high glucose levels caused by abnormalities in the body’s ability to produce or use insulin, a hormone that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. It can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure and blindness.

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. It is a potentially reversible condition that often leads to type 2 diabetes unless steps are taken to prevent it.

How do I know if I have prediabetes or I’m at risk?

Determining whether a person is at high risk for developing diabetes can be accomplished in three ways:

  1. Doctor diagnosis of prediabetes
  2. Blood test with one of the following results:
    • Fasting plasma glucose between 100 and 125 mg/dL
    • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test between 140 and 199 mg/dL
    • HbA1c between 5.7 and 6.4 percent
    • Random/casual blood glucose between 140 and 199 mg/dL
  3. A combination of risk factors such as family history, level of physical activity, gestational diabetes, etc.

Take the next step and download our Intake Form, available for individuals or health care providers to fill out. Once complete, please send to:

Attn: Lisa Peacock
40 East Adams St., Suite 210 | Jacksonville, FL 32202
You can also send the form by
Email: myhealth@fcymca.org

If you are a health care provider and would like to learn more about the Diabetes Prevention Program, our Advocacy Committee, or how to receive materials for your practice, please email myhealth@fcymca.org for more information.

Mission Statement: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.