YMCA seeking Lifestyle Coach Positions for the Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA is seeking qualified applicants for Lifestyle Coach Positions for the Diabetes Prevention Program.
By: Diabetes Prevention Program (MDH)
Minnesota Diabetes Prevention Program - Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota Diabetes Prevention Program - Minnesota Department of Health
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Sept. 13, 2013 - PRLog -- The YMCA is seeking qualified applicants for Lifestyle Coach Positions for the Diabetes Prevention Program. The Lifestyle Coach is responsible facilitating classes and encouraging participants to make lifestyle changes, healthy eating, increasing physical activity and behavior modification, to reduce risk of acquiring type 2- diabetes.  This is an exciting part time position (2-12 hours plus the benefit of a free YMCA membership) where you can really make a difference in people’s lives.   Looking specifically for daytime availability, some weekends may be required.

Candidates must have 1-year experience teaching adults.  Prefer applicants with nutrition education/knowledge and/or experience with diabetes education.  Bilingual (Spanish, Somali, Hmong, etc.) and diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.  Applications due by October 3, 2013 to be considered.  The YMCA is an equal opportunity employer.

The YMCA is working with the MN Department of Health Diabetes Program and Department of Human Services to provide a culturally diverse lifestyle coach work force for this special project between 2013 and 2015. Potential candidates can apply directly to the YMCA

Lifestyle Coach Positions Available:

We aim to recruit 2 to 4 lifestyle coaches from each of the African American, American Indian, Latino, Somali, and Hmong communities before October 3.  Candidates will be part-time employees of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, earning $15-$16/hr for 3 to 12 hours per week. Daytime and weekend hours preferred. YMCA membership is a benefit.

What is the Diabetes Prevention Program?

We Can Prevent Diabetes program offers an on-going face-to-face support group to help people with pre-diabetes reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Members of the group are age 18-74, overweight and are eligible Medicaid participants A lifestyle coach leads the weekly support groups and introduces key concepts to help participants lose 7% of their body weight and increase physical activity to 150 min per week. Groups are held in the community clinic or a community location convenient for the participants.

This program is only offered in the Twin Cities metro area.

Each group of 8 to 15 people meets once a week for 16 weeks and has additional support for 8 more months (one year program).

A lifestyle coach leads the same group each week.

Sessions are one hour long; however, the coach spends about 2-3 hr./week to prepare, deliver the program and record weights, attendance, and physical activity for each person. Participants in the We Can Prevent Diabetes program are recruited and enrolled by their community clinic.

Clinic staff assess if they have pre-diabetes and conduct a blood glucose test to confirm this. They tell them the benefits of the program.

Once the group starts, the coach is the main person to encourage people to be active and keep track of what they eat during the week. The coach helps the participants plan how they will be active during the week but does not lead physical activity during this weekly session.

Training: The coach receives two days of training to learn the curriculum and key concepts of the Diabetes Prevention Program. They have additional support from the YMCA staff.

For questions or additional information prior to applying contact Sheryl Grover at 612-465-0489.

For the complete job description and to apply online click here. (https://wfa.kronostm.com/index.jsp?SOURCEINFO=JobFamilies...)

Contact: Contact Sheryl Grover

Director of Chronic Disease Prevention


2125 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN  55413

Phone: 612 465-0489

Email: Sheryl.Grover@YMCATwinCities.org

Website:  www.ydpp.org

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Tags:Diabetes, Prevention, Program
Industry:Health, Medical
Location:St. Paul - Minnesota - United States
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