We are excited to announce that as of 2017, UHA is the first insurance company in the state to team up with the YMCA, which is offering its Diabetes Prevention Program. Many adults in Hawaii have prediabetes – meaning they are at risk for developing diabetes – and don’t even know it! Fortunately, prediabetes can be addressed and reversed before it develops into diabetes through exercise and healthy eating.
As a valued UHA member, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is being offered to you for free. If you are a qualifying individual, we encourage you to participate in this successful program to learn the tools for a healthier life. See below for program details.
Find out if you're 1 out of 2 adults that are at risk for diabetes.
Overweight (BMI ≥ 22 if Asian / BMI ≥ 25 if non-Asian)
Diagnosed with pre-diabetes based on one of three blood tests OR previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes OR if a blood test is not available, have a qualifying score from the diabetes risk test
Not been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes
Qualified UHA Members are free
Non-UHA Members: $429/person for a year-long program (monthly payment plans available)
Hear What a UHA Member Had to Say About the Program
UHA Member - R.A.
"The Pre-Diabetes Class has helped me have hope
in my future health and outlook towards life."
I am very happy with the progress I am making in the Pre-Diabetes Prevention Class held at the Kalihi YMCA. Prior to the class, I was overweight, my sugar levels were closer to diabetic than not, and my blood pressure was dangerously high. Every 3 months, I would have to take fasting blood tests and meet with my doctor to evaluate the tests. Often the sessions would be lectures on losing weight and exercising more. The doctor's appointment before starting the class ended up with me being prescribed a higher dose of pills to lower my high blood pressure. I often pleaded with the doctor if there was some class or program where they could teach on nutrition and help me with exercise plans, but he said you really have to do it on your own. That was about a year ago, and my health just worsened.
Then a flyer came in the mail from UHA health. It offered a Pre-diabetes class every Tuesday, which is my day off from work. I thought the message was a "gift" in the sense that it was what I was looking for. Six months later, I have lost 20 pounds safely and slowly (2 pounds per week). My last visit to the doctor showed my weight chart "nose-diving," and the doctor cheering me on and not lecturing me. My blood pressure has been close to normal, and there's less prickly sensations in my feet, I think one of the symptoms of diabetes. My doctor has cancelled my quarterly blood tests. Best of all, I can fit into clothes that I couldn't before.
With the help of Coach Christina Simmons, I've learned the importance of reducing fat in my diet, exercising, and most of all changing my lifestyle completely. The weekly group support and being accountable to what you eat and how you exercise has helped me immensely. I've learned also about the YMCA facilities from the work-out machines to the exercise classes. Although I don't use the machines too often since I have a stationary bike at home, I love the Zumba classes. They are convenient, because one YMCA is five minutes from work and the other is a few minutes from home, and they are fun. The people at each class, like the support group, are friendly and you can work out at your own pace. I knew I wanted to sign up for a YMCA membership after taking one or two classes. Now I go to one to two classes a week, and hope to go three times a week soon. I might be a YMCA member for life. I also want to give back to the organization through volunteering, but might want to wait till I retire when I have more time.
The Pre-Diabetes Class has helped me have hope in my future health and outlook towards life. I will continue with what I learn in my daily life reading nutritional labels and tracking what I eat and exercising on a daily basis like how I do my budget – it's now a part of my daily life. I hope the YMCA invests in this valuable program, and maybe expanding it. I tell my friends with pre-diabetes about it and how it changed my life.