Fighting Diabetes Together


More than 2.3 million Floridians suffer from type 2 diabetes. Many others don’t even know they have the deadly disease. That is why the YMCAs of Tampa Bay and BayCare Health System are working together to prevent diabetes and support those living with the disease.


The Tampa Y recently earned full recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its Y Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP). This designation is reserved for programs that effectively deliver a quality, evidence-based program that meets CDC standards.


The special recognition comes at the same time the Y and BayCare launched a partnership to provide need-based scholarships for pre-diabetes patients to participate in YDPP. The 12-month, group-based program focuses on healthy eating, increased physical activity, stress reduction and problem solving. In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group over the course of 16 one-hour sessions. After the initial 16 weeks, participants meet biweekly and then monthly to help maintain their progress.


This partnership ensures people in need of help have the opportunity to receive it. “We are excited to partner with the YMCA to make this proven Diabetes Prevention Program more accessible to those in our community who need it,” says Dr. Chrisoula Kiriazis, BayCare Primary Care.


YDPP is a covered benefit through many health insurance providers, including Medicare. Those without insurance or those whose insurance does not cover the program may qualify for a YMCA and/or BayCare needs-based scholarship. For more information watch the video above or click here.

Pictured above: Click on the video above to see how the Y Diabetes Prevention Program can help those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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