As reported by the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three Americans has prediabetes. People with prediabetes may develop Type 2 diabetes within three years if they do not take steps to prevent it.
Beginning in June, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute and the YMCA are offering a lifestyle change intervention program to community members for the prevention of Type 2 diabetes.
Thomas Speidel, executive director of the Stuart C Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez, said that participants, along with their peers, will be guided by trained lifestyle coaches and taught the necessary skills to positively impact their health.
The program promotes a collaborative, non-judgmental approach to wellness in a motivating environment, according to Speidel. Participants will learn how to eat healthfully, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of making changes.
“With the sharp increase in Type 2 diabetes in our communities, the YMCA is very pleased to be partnering with Sansum Diabetes Research Institute in identifying members of our communities at risk, and working jointly to help people bring about life-saving changes in their lives,” said Speidel.
This is a yearlong program. Groups will meet once a week for four months, then once a month for the remainder of the program to maintain healthy lifestyle changes.
The group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make similar changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
The Diabetes Prevention program will be offered at several YMCA locations, including Santa Ynez, Lompoc, and Santa Barbara, at no cost to participants.
To learn more about this program, call 805-682-7640 ext.221 or visit www.sansum.org
Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Research shows that modest behavior changes, such as making better food choices and increasing physical activity, reduced the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people at high-risk for developing this disease. The National Diabetes Prevention Program brings together federal agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, employers, insurers, health care professionals, academia, and other stakeholders to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes among people with prediabetes. www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention.