The YMCA Alliance of Maine is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the Maine CDC to expand Maine residents’ access to the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). This initiative will utilize federal funds from the US CDC’s Program 1815Improving the Health of Americans Through Prevention and Management of Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke to launch DPP at three YMCAs in 2021 – the Bangor Region YMCA, the Bath Area Family YMCA, and the Old Town-Orono YMCA.

“The Maine YMCAs are extremely grateful to the Maine CDC for recognizing the Y’s critical role in building healthier communities. The Diabetes Prevention Program is proven effective, and we are thrilled to bring this program to more locations in 2021 thanks to this partnership,” said Meagan Hamblett, Executive Director of the YMCA Alliance of Maine.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based program that helps overweight adults at risk for Type 2 Diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. According to the CDC, more than 84 million people had prediabetes in 2015. In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled as the US population has aged and become more overweight. Individuals interested in learning more about participating in the Diabetes Prevention Program should contact their local YMCA directly.

The 16 YMCAs in Maine serve more than 130,000 people across the state each year. The YMCA Alliance of Maine supports collaboration amongst the state’s 16 Ys and community partners to increase our impact and advocate for positive change in our communities. Due to its unparalleled reach, the Y is a powerful advocate for our communities and familiar with the needs of the children, families, and individuals throughout the region.