Hilliard Northwest News

YMCA announces diabetes program

The Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA is helping its community members stay healthy and prevent diabetes with the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program.

A YMCA membership is not required to enroll in the program, which consists of 16 one-hour weekly sessions, followed by monthly sessions with a trained lifestyle coach. A new class will begin in April at the Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA.

The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

To qualify, a participant must be at least 18 years old, have a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater and be diagnosed with prediabetes or at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

MedicareGold, Medicare Advantage and Medicare A and B all cover the cost of this program. People with health insurance provided by UnitedHealthCare should check with their employer about the availability of this program as a covered benefit.

For questions about the program or to enroll, contact Natalie Mamlin at 614-334-9622.