In March 2016, it was announced that Medicare would begin paying for lifestyle interventions like diet and exercise to help prevent type 2 diabetes.
Previous research on behavioral learning and weight management has shown that lifestyle interventions resulted in greater success than metformin in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Looking to find a different program model, researchers turned to the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis for assistance. As a large, national community organization, the YMCA was considered as a way to bring the lifestyle intervention to scale. The result was a reshaped core intervention and maintenance program that reduced the cost of lifestyle intervention services to about $205 per person.
These findings were published in The New York Times on March 30, 2016.