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Learning to Thrive at the Y: The National Diabetes Prevention Program

The National Diabetes Prevention Program encourages collaboration among federal agencies, community-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 in the United States.

The inaugural partners of the National Diabetes Prevention Program were the YMCA and UnitedHealth Group. These partners were instrumental in starting the national program and continue to expand the reach of this evidence-based lifestyle program. The CDC is enthusiastic about other organizations becoming involved in the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Most recently, Viridian Health Management, Inc. has agreed to partner with CDC and others to expand the reach of the program.

The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes. It can help people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half.

The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5% to 7% of their body weight—that is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person.

These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with prediabetes. Participants work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting to receive a 1-year lifestyle change program that includes 16 core sessions (usually 1 per week) and 6 post-core sessions (1 per month). The National Diabetes Prevention Program teaches participants strategies for incorporating physical activity into daily life and eating healthy. Lifestyle coaches work with participants to identify emotions and situations that can sabotage their success, and the group process encourages participants to share strategies for dealing with challenging situations.

Learn more about how the National Diabetes Prevention Program can help you reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. If you would like to register for a class in your community, please contact Chelstan at 362-9494 or CLICK HERE to find where you can register. Get ready to make a change for life!

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