The Diabetes Management Program is a physical activity and education program designed to help adults with type 2 diabetes reclaim their health.
Participants will work with trained staff from the YMCA and Alegent-Creighton Health to safely achieve their goals. This program is a 13-week group training program which includes a household YMCA membership for the length of the program.
Participants will receive individual attention in a group setting, creating a safe and fun environment. Apart from increasing physical activity, participants will be educated on how to improve other aspects of their current lifestyle to better manage their diabetes.
The program will include 2 weekly physical activity sessions, led by certified YMCA trainers, and a weekly education session, led by Alegent-Creighton Health Diabetes Educators/Registered Nurses.
The Diabetes Management Program is a grant-funded pilot sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield and developed by the YMCA and Alegent-Creighton Health.
1) Participants will receive a log book to track their food/drink intake, as well as physical activity. To assist with this, a CalorieKing® Calorie, Fat, and Carbohydrate Counter will also be provided.
2) Participants will also receive a thorough pre-screening and post-screening. These screenings will include:
- Body Composition Assessment (via the InBody 520, a bioelectrical impedance system)
- Lab work (including cholesterol and A1c)
- Fitness assessments (muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility)
3) Accountability! Weekly weigh-ins, along with encouragement from other group members, the YMCA trainers, and Alegent Creighton staff will help keep you accountable for reaching your goals.
An abbreviated “Fit Check” will also be performed half-way through the program to track progress and keep participants motivated toward reaching their goals.
DID YOU KNOW?
Two pilot groups completed a similar program to the Diabetes Management Program in 2012. Of the participants who completed the program:
1) More than half of all the participants reduced their amount of diabetic medications
2) Most participants either maintained or lost weight
3) 100% of participants felt they could sustain the changes made
Apart from these outcomes, many positive changes were also seen in the physical fitness measures including cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility. These successful outcomes showed just how effective combining diet, exercise and education can be for individuals with diabetes.
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*All sessions have either completed or begun for 2013. A 2014 schedule will be posted shortly!
For more information, or to get on the list of interested participants for 2014, please contact Molly Mieras . 402-334-8487 . email@example.com