The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is committed to helping community members on their path to health and wellness. Several of the Y’s Prescribe the Y health management programs will be available virtually this summer to help individuals prevent or manage diabetes, manage blood pressure, lose weight and more. All programs are open to the community and are fee-based.

Prescribe the Y programs are group-based, providing a “small community of support.” The programs are helping to transform healthcare, bridging the gap from clinical care to a collaborative, community approach that elevates well-being through prevention and healthcare maintenance.

The following programs will be offered for Summer 2020:

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YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program: This is an evidence-based, year-long program endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA’s program has achieved full CDC recognition based upon patient outcomes. Each group meets weekly for 16 weeks and then monthly, 25 sessions in total. The program provides a small group supportive environment focusing on lifestyle coaching. Goals are to reduce body weight by 5-7% and to increase physical activity to 150 minutes a week. The program is for those who have been identified by a medical provider as having pre-diabetes or through completion of a risk assessment. The most current group went virtual and had an average of 7.3% weight loss and 170 minutes of exercise per week, with a 73% retention rate once the program went virtual. Eleven of 15 participants completed the 16-week program, with a combined weight loss of 151 pounds.

Diabetes Self-Management Program: This program will consist of 15 virtual meetings focusing on diabetes education and lifestyle coaching. It helps participants understand diabetes and its risks. The course covers: physical activity, nutrition, appropriate use of medication, dealing with the symptoms of diabetes, working with your healthcare provider and making action plans. An evidence-based program, it has shown a decrease in Hgb A1c. 

Blood Pressure Self-Management: This is an evidenced-based 4-month program where participants meet weekly one-on-one and attend monthly group nutrition education seminars. Participants are given blood pressure cuffs and are asked to monitor blood pressure at home. Weekly check-ins and nutrition education result in insight into behaviors that affect blood pressure. Forty-two percent of participants who begin the program with uncontrolled blood pressure become controlled.

The Y’s Weight Management Program: This program offers group support with a focus on whole life health, including goal setting, problem solving and positive self-talk. Participants will obtain nutritional education as well as lifestyle coaching. The program runs once a week for 12 weeks. Curriculum is provided for insightful discussion and weekly weigh-ins provide accountability.

“Even though our Y’s doors have been closed for the past three months, we have remained open for good and continue to help our community members on their journey to health and wellness,” said Sheri Cognetti, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA’s Senior Program Director. “As shown with our latest YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, virtual classes can be an effective way to manage or prevent chronic diseases.”

If you are interested in any of the above programs, please contact Donna Peart at

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