The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut will offer the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program at Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA) beginning in October.

The year-long program uses a curriculum approved by the Centers for Disease Control and is intended to reduce the chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Meetings will be on Tuesday evenings, starting Oct. 4. There will be 16 weekly sessions and three sessions every other week during the first six months followed by monthly sessions in the second six months. A trained lifestyle coach helps participants learn tactics for healthy eating, physical activity and other lifestyle changes. The goals during the program are to reduce body weight by 7% and to increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week during the first half of the program.

A press release said programs like this have been shown to prevent or delay new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% and as much as 71% in adults over the age of 60.

“Currently, 86 million people — more than one out of three adults — have prediabetes, but only 10% are aware of it,” said Barbara Newland, RVNA director of Community Health & Wellness. “Knowing your risk for prediabetes is the key to taking control and reducing these statistics. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program empowers participants to make lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes,” she said.

Information sessions will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. at RVNA’s Center for Exceptional Care, 27 Governor Street in Ridgefield. Those attending are eligible to receive a free biometric screening of blood glucose level at the conclusion of the information sessions.

Registration is required for the information sessions. To reserve a spot, call 203-438-5500. Anyone with questions regarding the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program may call Lisa O'Connor, Regional YMCA Program Coordinator, at 203-775-4444, ext 135 or email loconnor@regionalymca.org.