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Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life.

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DIABETES

CYL2 has gone virtual!

BWHI has culturally tailored a virtual program just for Black women.

Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. (CYL2), is our yearlong evidence-based lifestyle change program that gives you the tools and support you need to help prevent type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

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Here’s what participants can expect:

  • A personal Lifestyle Coach and a community of support including others also committed to making positive behavior changes.
  • Help to change your relationship with food so you can shop better, prepare food in healthier ways, and eat differently.
  • Support in understanding what triggers your eating, how your thoughts affect your behavior, and how to replace negative habits with positive ones.
  • A better understanding of how chronic stress increases the risk of weight gain and keeps us from losing weight.
  • Tips on practicing self-care to help manage the stress.

Who Should Enroll In This Program?

Participants must be 18 and older and have a BMI of 25 or more. You must also meet one of the following:

Not sure what your BMI is? Don’t worry! Take the Prediabetes Risk Test to get the answer.

Submit the Risk Test and your contact information if you are interested in joining our virtual program.

Take The Prediabetes Risk Test
Have questions? Email us:  CYL2 @BWHI.org
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DIABETES

Prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes does NOT have to be your destiny!

For 35 years, The Black Women’s Health Imperative has been a powerful force in a leading effort to address the most pressing health issues that affect Black women and girls like you.

High-Touch Coaching

We understand, value, and respect the lived experience of Black women and Latinas, as well as the influence that experience has on every thought they have, every change they are faced with, and every decision they make.

Along with their own self-awareness, our high-touch coaches are empathetic, compassionate, and share many of the lived experiences of their participants. We help participants get to the heart of what is required for lifestyle change by helping them understand how their lived experiences contribute to their current behavior, to what got them to where they are, and how to turn that knowledge into positive behavior change. our coaches do not pressure participants to change who they are but to realize they are worthy and capable, and because they are, they have everything they need to meet their goals.

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Our Impact

“What I’ve learned in this program is I CAN DO IT! I can control my appetite and what I eat. I’ve made the necessary changes to prolong my life. I’ve changed my lifestyle and I am making better choices. I’ve decided to live, really live abundantly.”

Aronese
CYL2 Participant
Maryland

3400+
PARTICIPANTS
18
PARTNERS
13
CITIES/STATES
88%
RETENTION

Are You At Risk for PreDiabetes?

Learn the Warning Signs

PREVENTION

Take Our Online Risk Test Today!

Download A PDF Risk Test
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EDGE PROGRAM PROVIDER NETWORK

Educate – Demonstrate – Guide – Empower

Visit our lifestyle change program partners’ websites by clicking the logos below. If you do not see your location listed, please visit the CDC website to find a program near you! Please note that with COVID-19, many programs have moved to a virtual model.

*FOUNDING MEMBERS

BHWI Partner: click to visit Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life.

Black Women for Wellness*
Los Angeles, CA

BHWI Partner: click to visit Fundamental Health Solutions

Fundamental Health Solutions*
Jackson, IN

BHWI Partner: click to visit Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Inc.

Indiana Minority Health Coalition*
Indianapolis, IN

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Urban Health Resource*
Detroit, MI

BHWI Partner: click to visit Rural Health web site

Rural Health Medical Program, Inc.
Selma, AL

BHWI Partner: click to visit The Wellness Coalition

The Wellness Coalition
Montgomery, AL

BHWI Partner: click to visit Outpatient Medical Center

Outpatient Medical Center, Inc.
Natchitoches, LA

BHWI Partner: click to visit Whatley Health Services, Inc.

Whatley Health Services, Inc.
Tuscaloosa, AL

BHWI Partner: click to visit Prevention Cent

AM Health Services, LLC
Lafayette, LA

BHWI Partner: click to visit Perfect Lifestyle

Perfect Lifestyle
Houston, TX

BHWI Partner: click to visit Clariborne County

Claiborne County Family Health Center
Port Gibson, MS

Fact Sheets

Prediabetes
Type 2 Diabetes
High Blood Pressure
Heart Disease
Stroke
Gestational Diabetes
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Endometrial Cancer

Hojas informativas

Prediabetes
La diabetes tipo 2
La Presión Arterial Alta
Enfermedades Cardiacas
Derrame Cerebral
Diabetes Gestacional
Síndrome de Ovario Poliquístico
El Cáncer Endometrial