Diabetes Prevention Program Participant Information


Did you know?

  • About 86 million American adults have prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal.
  • Half of all Americans age 65 or older have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • People with prediabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless they take action to prevent or delay the disease.
  • Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease.

The good news...

You can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and gain tools for healthy living.  If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where you can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce your chances of developing the disease.

Diabetes Prevention Program - For Those At Risk For Diabetes

  • An evidenced based 12-month program that provides a supportive environment beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly sessions led by a trained Lifestyle Coach.
  • Participants who are at risk for diabetes learn tools to adopt and maintain healthy habits in order to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes and improve their overall health and well-being.
  • Participants learn about healthy eating and increasing their physical activity, with the goal of reducing their body weight by 7% and increasing their physical activity to 150 minutes per week.
  • 3-month YMCA membership provided to those enrolled in the program

To Qualify

  • Participants must be at least 18 years old
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) at or above 25
  • Hemogloban A1c level between 5.7-6.4%, or
  • Fasting Plasma Glucose between 100-125 mg/dL, or a
  • 2-hour (75 gm glucola) Plasma Glucose between 140-199 mg/dL.
  • The program is covered for United Health Care members.
  • Private Pay is also available

More Information

Contact Erica Halpern at ericah@ymcaneworleans.org or 504-568-9622 x276 and Julie Belou at julieb@ymcaneworleans.org or 504-568-9622 x274.