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Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. – How You Can Get Involved

Now that you know more about prediabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes, find a program near you so you can get the support you need to change your lifestyle and change your life. If you live in one of the counties below, contact our partner organization to enroll in a Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. (CYL²) class.  Some of our partners have funding to offer the program at no cost to you.  Others offer the program through either public or private health insurance (e.g.; Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicaid, Medicare) or self-pay.  You can visit their websites for more information or contact the coordinator listed below:

AM Health Services, LLC: Lafayette, LA

AM Health Services offers CYL² to residents in Lafayette parish with plans to expand to Baton Rouge.

Christina Butler:  337.456.2400

Black Women for Wellness: Los Angeles, CA

Black Women for Wellness offers CYL² at community and employer sites throughout LA county in English

and Spanish.

Charise Henry:  323.290.5955

Claiborne County Family Health Center: Port Gibson, MS

Claiborne County Family Medical Center offers CYL² in Claiborne, Copiah, Jefferson, and Warren counties.

Linda Fouche: 601.437.3050

Collins Wellness Center: District Heights

Collins Wellness Center offers CYL² in English and Spanish to residents in Prince George’s, Montgomery, Howard counties and also in DC.

Dr. Diane Collins:  301.735.6747

Fundamental Health Solutions: Jackson, TN

Fundamental Health Solutions offers CYL² to residents in Gibson, Haywood, Madison and Shelby counties.

Kimberly Lovelady:  731.203.0708   

Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Inc.: Indianapolis, IN

The Indiana Minority Health Coalition offers CYL² in Marion, Delaware, Grant, Howard, Johnson, and Madison counties in English and Spanish.

Vanessa Summers:  317.920.4951

Outpatient Medical Center, Inc.: Natchitoches, LA

Outpatient Medical Center offers CYL² to patients and residents in Natchitoches, Madison, and Vernon parishes.

Cynthia Parker: 318-352-9299

Rural Health Medical Program, Inc.: Selma, AL

Rural Health Medical Program offers  CYL² in Dallas, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, and Wilcox counties.

Jaleesa Jackson:  334.407.1946

The Perfect Lifestyle: Houston, TX

The Perfect Lifestyle offers CYL² to Houston residents in Spanish only.

Dr. Mirna Puesan:  713.785.1272

The Wellness Coalition: Montgomery, AL

The Wellness Coalition offers CYL² in Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon, and Montgomery counties in English and Spanish.

Martine Rocker: 334-293-6472

Urban Health Resource: Detroit, MI

Urban Health Resource offers CYL² to residents of Wayne County.

Paula Green Smith:  313.664.0100

Whatley Health Services, Inc.: Tuscaloosa, AL

Whatley Health Services offers CYL² in Greene, Lamar, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, and Walker counties in English and Spanish.

Dr. Toya Burton:  205-758-6647

Who can join the lifestyle change program?

  • Adults 18 years and older
  • BMI of 25 or greater (Asian Americans: 23 or greater)

And one of the following:

  • Have prediabetes diagnosed through a blood test
  • Have a history of gestational diabetes
  • Score 5 or above on the CDC Prediabetes Risk Test

While anyone meeting the CDC eligibility guidelines can enroll in the program, BWHI places special emphasis on recruiting Blacks and Hispanics, 25-34 and 65 and older.  The program is covered by private health insurance and Medicaid in some states and it is covered by Medicare in all.

How does the lifestyle change program work?

Phase 1: Core – Weekly One-Hour Meetings for 4 Months

  • Focuses on helping participants build the basic skills related to healthy eating and physical activity (i.e.; monitoring food and weight; learning how to eat less fat and fewer calories; making food substitutions; and how to be more active).
  • Addresses how participants can best deal with things in their environment that stand in the way of lifestyle change (i.e.; understanding cues and food triggers; changing bad habits; and problem-solving; ordering healthy when eating out).
  • Targets the psychological issues related to weight loss and long-term change (i.e.; negative thoughts; and coping with ‘slips’ from healthy eating).

Phase 2: Core Maintenance – Twice Monthly One-Hour Meetings for 8 Months

  • Participants who were not able to meet their weight loss and physical activity goals during the Core phase use these sessions to continue working toward their goals.
  • Participants who did meet their weight loss and physical activity goals, but have regained weight or “slipped” back into old habits after the Core phase ended use these sessions to get back on track.
  • Participants who did meet their goals and are continuing with their new lifestyle changes started during the Core phase use these sessions to set new goals or to focus on how to maintain their new habits for a lifetime.


What do participants have to say about the program?  

Listen to Jasmine tell her story.  She has lost over 25 pounds.

Listen to Helen tell her story.  She has lost over 100 pounds.

And…...Click here to read stories about other participants who joined and benefited from the program.