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YMCA Buffalo Niagara to launch new diabetes prevention programs

Research has shown that people diagnosed with prediabetes can make lifestyle changes to reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. To help those at risk, YMCA Buffalo Niagara next week will start its next session of the National Diabetes Prevention Program at four of its branches.

“We’ve seen great results with the Diabetes Prevention Program," said Kelly Standage, association director of membership and wellness programs for the regional Y. “Most participants have decreased their risk and met their weight loss goals, while developing behaviors necessary to maintain their health.”

The 12-month program starts with 16 weekly, one-hour sessions covering nutrition, exercise, and behavior modification. Participants then meet monthly for continued support and instruction.

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The program is being offered at the following YMCA branches:

Independent Health Family Branch YMCA: 7 p.m. Mondays, 150 Tech Drive, Amherst.

Ken-Ton Family YMCA: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays, starting May 6, 535 Belmont Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

Southtowns Family YMCA: 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, starting May 6, 1620 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca.

William-Emslie Family YMCA: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting May 9, 585 William St.

To qualify for the program, registrants must be at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. A physician’s referral is preferred, but not mandatory for participation. Fees are covered in full for most participants with BlueCross BlueShield of WNY. Independent Health members are required to pay a $50 registration fee. Grants are available for eligible participants whose insurance does not cover the program.

For more information or to register, stop at your local YMCA branch, call 565-6000, or visit


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