YWCA’s Diabetes Wellness & Prevention promotes health through education and support.
Our Diabetes Wellness & Prevention Program (DWP) empowers participants with knowledge, skills, and confidence to make healthier lifestyle choices. Participants learn how to prevent or manage Type 2 Diabetes and while building a network of support. Contact us today to find out if YWCA’s diabetes program is right for you!
Who Do We Serve
- Those with Type 2 Diabetes
- Those at risk for Type 2 Diabetes
- We offer a sliding scale rate for our diabetes program participation
YWCA’s Diabetes Program Includes
- Weekly educational support groups
- FREE membership to the YWCA Fitness Center and Indoor Pool
- Weekly small group fitness training with a Certified Fitness Coach
- Consultations with a pharmacist
Learn About These Topics
- Blood sugar monitoring
- Complications associated with diabetes
- Benefits of regular physical activity
- Healthy food choices, planning meals, and controlling portion size
- Stress Management
What our participants are saying
“The diabetes program has provided healthy eating ideas and the exercise [component] is a motivator… the support from the members in the group is very influential. It makes a big influence in motivation”.
– Belinda Toney lowered her A1C from a 10.8 to a 7.4 in 4 months after joining DWP in 2018
“If it wasn’t for going to the YWCA I would be lost. Because I didn’t know what I was doing… Going to the classes empowered me to ask the questions at the Dr and to find out what I needed to do and to actually do it…”
– Cindy Hope is no longer in and out of the hospital and discovered that she is not alone in her journey
“I feel good because I’m eating food that is good for me and I’m working on my body. The Diabetes Wellness & Prevention Program has saved my life… I’ll forever be thankful for the opportunity to have taken this class and would recommend it to anyone looking to work on bettering themselves and making healthier life choices.”
– Angel Wall lost 72lbs and 9 inches since starting the program in August 2017
YWCA’s Diabetes Wellness & Prevention: A model for success
- YWCA has partnered with health professionals at Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS) to offer additional support for participants and co-facilitate group sessions.
- The course content presented during group sessions is a combination of nationally recognized, evidence-based curriculum: Living Healthy with Diabetes Self-Management and the National Diabetes Prevention Program: Prevent T2.
Thanks to Our Funders
Diabetes Wellness and Prevention is a 2017 recipient of Community Investment funds from Mission Health and supported by Sun Life Financial, All Souls Cathedral, YWCA donors, and the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.