November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Throughout the month we’ll be sharing tips to help decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. Basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes.


 84 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes, only 10 percent know it. Could you? 

 Wal-Mart Pharmacy will be visiting each of our Y locations during the following days and times to offer FREE glucose screenings. Stop by to have your blood glucose checked as well as complete the pre-diabetes risk assessment. 

  •  Monday, November 12th: 8am-11am at the Jamerson Family YMCA
  • Tuesday, November 13th: 8am-11am at the Downtown YMCA
  • Wednesday, November 14th: 8am-11am at the Express YMCA

No appointment necessary


Interested in enrolling in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, but want to learn more?  Please consider joining us for one of the following sessions:

  • Tuesday November 13th 5:30-6:30pm – YMCA Corporate Office Downtown
  • Thursday, November 15th, 11:30am-12:30pm – Jamerson Family YMCA (Multipurpose Room C)


These meetings are no obligation and free of charge.  During these Q&A sessions, you will also be given the opportunity to enroll in the program in addition to meeting the coach of your particular class.  


Financial assistance will be available as well as payment plans upon request.

Should you be interested in attending and learning more, please RSVP by Wednesday, November 14th.  If you are unable to attend but would like additional information, please feel free to email randiabell@ymcacva.org or call at 434-616-4590 ext 4.

For more information about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, visit our website at www.ymcacva.org/diabetes-prevention-program.

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Of the 86 million people with prediabetes, only 10 percent know their condition. In addition to the high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, people with prediabetes are also at risk of developing other chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke. The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is specifically for people who have "pre-diabetes" or are at risk for Type 2 diabetes. The group-based program covers nutrition, physical activity and behavior modification. Click below for more information.


  • 25 sessions delivered over the course of one year.
  • Led by a trained Lifestyle Coach
  • A group that offers motivation and support


  • Lose 5–7% of your body weight
  • Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week.


  • Healthy Eating – Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier foods can help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
  • Increasing Physical Activity – Moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes, five days a week, can help improve your blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol and prevent blood flow problems.
  • Losing Weight – Reducing your body weight by as little as 5–7% can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes.


The Y Can Help

AM I AT RISK? You may be at risk for Type 2 diabetes and not even know it! If you are overweight and not active most days, you are probably at risk. If you are over age 45 your risk has greatly increased. Click here and download a checklist to assess your risk.

If you find you are at risk for developing diabetes, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program can help. The lifestyle changes outlined in the program—modest weight loss, healthy eating, and regular physical activity—have been shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

In the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of adults to discuss behavior changes that can improve the health of participants. The program consists of 25 one-hour sessions delivered over the course of a year. The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is for adults who are at risk for type 2 diabetes. You will learn how to reduce your chances of developing the disease.

Classes form based on participant availability. For more information on current and upcoming classes, contact Randi Abell, randiabell@ymcacva.org or call us at 434.616.4590

Research has shown that YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by as much as 58% and by 71% among adults aged 60 years or older. To learn more contact Randi Abell, randiabell@ymcacva.org or call us at 434 616 4590 ext 4.

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