Diabetes Education & Prevention with a Lifestyle Intervention Offered at the YMCA (DEPLOY)
About this Project
DEPLOY – Funded by NIDDK (R34 DK70702), the Diabetes Education & Prevention with a Lifestyle Intervention Offered at the YMCA (DEPLOY) study was a pilot, cluster-randomized trial comparing brief diabetes prevention counseling alone versus a group-based adaption of the DPP lifestyle intervention delivered by trained wellness instructors employed by YMCAs. The study invited community residents with one or more diabetes-related risk factors to attend a community screening and education event at one of two semi-urban YMCA facilities. Study participants included 92 overweight or obese, adults with diabetes risk factors and a random capillary blood glucose of 110-199 mg/dL. DEPLOY found that high risk adults offered the program could achieve about a 6% weight loss at 6 and 12 months, for about 1/8 the cost of the traditional one-on-one DPP intervention approach. This work strengthened our early academic-YMCA partnership and led to the development of intervention procedures, study protocols, and preliminary data that generated considerable interest by other stakeholders and served as a foundation for our larger RAPID Study. DEPLOY was led by Dr. Ackermann , Ms. Anderson, and colleagues at IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN.