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YMCA diabetes prevention program cohort launches Feb. 19

Interested faculty and staff must meet the qualifications and enroll by Feb. 12

The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12-month lifestyle program to help adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will facilitate a small group of participants over 26 sessions.

Employees on the UC Anthem medical plan are eligible (and must meet the qualifications) for the program at no cost ($429 value) plus a free year-long YMCA membership ($750 value), and unlimited support (priceless).

Cohort 5 will launch on Feb. 19, and will be held on Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. in University Hall on the Medical Campus.

Please review the full 12-month schedule and program guidelines carefully.

Who Can Participate?

Eligible employees must meet the qualifications below:

  • Enrolled in the UC Anthem medical plan for duration of DPP,
  • At least 18 years old,
  • Have a BMI ≥25, and
  • Prediabetes confirmed via one of three blood tests or previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes within six months of the date the DPP program begins.

Additional Features and Privacy

  • The DPP is being offered as a pilot for up to 100 eligible employees. 
  • No cost ($429 value) for eligible and enrolled participants.
  • FREE individual yearlong YMCA membership ($750 value) and Be Well UC points.
  • No personal health information will be shared with UC. Only names and M#s of participants will be shared with UC to confirm eligibility.

Enroll Today

Complete details are available on the Diabetes Resources and Services page, such as the qualifications, program guidelines, and the full 12-month schedule.

To enroll, please contact Bridget Behrmann with the YMCA at 513-362-9622 or bbehrmann@myy.org. Only seven spots remain, so save your spot today! You must enroll by Feb. 12.

Success from Participating UC Faculty and Staff

Check out the highlights and positive impacts participants have shared:

  • 100% of participants would recommend the YMCA’s DPP to a colleague.
  • 86% of participants strongly/agree that they have seen improvements in their overall health.
  • A participant mentioned it has helped with stress management and providing uplifting support.
  • Several participants have shared lower A1C values to lower their risk for developing diabetes.
  • “It is a very supportive program around life-style choices. Even though I’ve read and heard about ‘food journals’ and how they work to actually put them in to practice really helped me. There is NO diet plan and NO exercise program to maintain and follow. The Y supports you in making better and healthier choices. There are real-world examples, food swaps as suggestions, and many more. I only had a 12.58 pound goal to loose set by the Y program. I met that and have continued to use my healthier learned habits to reach a 20 pound weight loss to date. I’m planning on reaching a total 30 pound loss goal. I really believe in this program. I feel like it has saved my life. I could have been pre-diabetic for years (causing all kinds of damage) and then had a heart-attack or stroke only find I had gone in to full diabetes mode.”  — Cohort 1 participant
  • "Lost more weight than I thought I ever could. I feel so much better!" — Cohort 2 participant
  • “I’ve lost 22 lbs since we’ve started and really excited that this is my lifestyle now. No more fad diets to overcome! [Our Lifestyle Coach] has been a fabulous to me personally since I’ve had some additional family health stresses. So caring and helpful on how to keep focused on the right things. I’ve also been able to help my mom, who has Type 2 diabetes and cancer, lose weight as well and her A1C has dropped 4 points - her PCP is shocked. She sees her oncologists next week and I can’t wait to hear results of CT scan because I just know it’s kicking cancer’s butt too.” — Cohort 2 participant
  • “The most important take-away for me is that the DPP helps with building sustainable lifestyle choices.” — Cohort 3 participant
YMCA DPP Grocery Tour
  • Former and current DPP participants have continued to meet after and outside of their scheduled sessions. The participants sought to build upon their momentum and continue their community of support. They have had lunches, grocery store tours with Aramark’s Dietitian Lauren Cohen, educational sessions with Be Well UC on complementing well-being topics like sleep health, productivity, movement, and more.


Reach out to the Be Well UC, your employee wellness program, at wellness@uc.edu or 513-556-0116.