Prediabetes Class Helps Prevent Problems Before They Begin
Unless they make lifestyle changes, up to 30 percent of people with prediabetes
will develop type 2 diabetes within five years. Unmanaged type 2 diabetes
can lead to vision problems, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and
The “Y-Change Diabetes Prevention Program” is an innovative
partnership between the Rappahannock Area YMCA and Mary Washington Healthcare
(MWHC). Its goal is to help people with prediabetes stop the disease from
progressing. It does this by teaching participants how to improve their
food choices, lose weight and be more active – steps that can cut
the risk for developing type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease in half.
During the eight-week program, MWHC-certified diabetes educators, registered
nurses, and dietitians lead one-hour classes on health, nutrition and
lifestyle changes in a small, supportive group setting. The program also
includes six one-on-one sessions with a personal trainer using state-of-the-art
cardio and strength machines. Financial assistance is provided for those
who cannot afford the nominal program fee.