This January, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is offering two programs for those at-risk for, or diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes: our CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program and the Diabetes Self-Management Program.

FSPY recently received Full Recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for our YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. The program is designed for those with prediabetes, a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis.

This year-long program starts with 16 weekly sessions led by a trained lifestyle coach, which gradually eases to two sessions per month and then one session per month. The program helps adults lose weight through healthier eating and increased physical activity, potentially preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. A group-based lifestyle intervention, it has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of diabetes by 58 percent overall and by 71 percent in adults over 60.

In addition, FSPY offers the Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) for those who have already been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. This program helps them manage the disease through lifestyle changes, including healthy eating, exercise, developing goals and problem solving, as well as through group support. The program consists of several workshops totaling 16 hours that help participants understand diabetes and its risks. DSMP teaches participants how to live healthier in a fun, positive environment. It does not replace other programs or treatment, and participants are referred to their physicians for all medical questions.

Individuals can assess their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at YMCA.net/diabetes. Through this assessment, visitors also can learn how lifestyle choices and family history help determine the ultimate risk for developing the disease. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include race, age, weight and activity level. If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.

For more information on how to qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program or the Diabetes Self-Management Program, contact Donna Peart at dpeart@fspymca.org or 908-889-8880. Both programs will begin in mid-to-late January with days/times to be determined by enrollment. The programs are open to the community; you do not have to be an FSPY member to participate.