There are more than 30 million Americans currently living with diabetes. Another 84 million Americans are living with prediabetes, and most of them do not know it. Without weight loss or moderate physical activity, many people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to health issues such as heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

The Black Women’s Health Imperative’s Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. (CYL²) lifestyle change intervention is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Through this program, we are helping Black women and Latinas make lasting lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and its related complications. Through strategies such as goal setting, food and activity tracking, weight monitoring, and self management, we are able to influence positive health behaviors that impact the program participants and their families.

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If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes or believe you may be at risk for developing the disease, take charge of your health. Learn more about the program and how you can enroll. Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. can help you develop a healthier lifestyle and work with you to reduce the risks this condition can pose to your health. If you feel you may be at risk of developing diabetes, take the CDC Prediabetes Screening Test.

The Imperative has a strong network of community partners that bring the program to states with high rates of diabetes and prediabetes. Our partner organizations work with local residents, area employers, community and faith-based organizations, insurers, health-care providers and other local groups to offer the year-long lifestyle intervention program. In addition to The Community Wellness Project located in St. Louis, Missouri, other partners include:

Click on the links below for more diabetes resources:

2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report

CDC Snapshot of Diabetes in the United States

Prediabetes Information

National Diabetes Prevention Program – Employer Leave-Behind  (Adobe Acrobat is needed to open this document.)

Information about the Black Women Health Imperative is available at www.bwhi.org/For information on the Imperative’s participation in the CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program, contact Angela Ford, Health Programs Manager, at 202-548-4000, or by email at aaford@blackwomenshealth.org.