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Y Launches Diabetes Prevention Program

NOW ACCEPTING ENROLLMENT FOR JAN 2019 CLASSES, call 768-2185 for more information.

Shasta Family YMCA is proud to announce that they will offer the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – an evidence-based program shown to reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes – one of the nation’s costliest chronic diseases. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a group-based lifestyle intervention for adults at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of diabetes by 58 percent overall and by 71 percent in adults over 60.  The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is possible because of partnerships with Shasta County Health and Human Services, Public Health Branch and Partnership Healthplan of California.  The program will be available for ALL qualified residents in Shasta County beginning in August 2018.  Y membership will not be required.

“The CDC reports that 30.3 million Americans have diabetes and, if trends continue, this number could triple by 2050. This is staggering,” said Public Health Director Jennifer Snider. “But what’s more staggering is that currently, ½ of adults in Shasta County already have prediabetes but only 10 percent are aware of it. Knowing your risk for prediabetes is the key to taking control and reducing these statistics. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program empowers participants to make lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes.”

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a year-long program with 19 sessions in the first 6 months of the program followed by 6 monthly sessions in the second 6 months of the program. In a relaxed classroom setting, a trained Lifestyle Coach helps participants learn skills to help them incorporate healthy eating, increased physical activity, and other behavior changes into their everyday lives.  The goals of the program are 7 percent weight loss and an increase in physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week. To be eligible for this program, participants must be at least 18 years old, overweight with a BMI of 25 or greater, and at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes. People under 18 and persons diagnosed with diabetes do not qualify. A Y membership is not required for participation. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevetion Program.

For more information about this program contact Pauline Asbill at 530-768-2185 or visit

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