Capstone Project (Open Access)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Health and Human Services
Collaborative Health and Human Services
The capstone project is a six month curriculum called “The YMCA Grad Program”, and provides additional support to continue healthy lifestyle choices with demonstrations. These demonstrations consist of three months of healthy eating and three months of physical activity. The intentions are to continue to reduce the risk of those who are prediabetic from becoming diabetic by using a weight tracker and physical activity tracker. Unfortunately these trackers were not made to monitor participant success. The YMCA Grad Program is described as an extension program of the YMCA DPP, and was originally only offered in spanish. What was highly requested was for a Grad Program in english, because many felt unsure how to keep up without the peer and program support after completing the YMCA DPP. Through the implementation of the Grad Program, surveys were collected and used in replacement for the trackers for the programs effectiveness in participant support. Although participants were able to voice their needs through the surveys, attendance was not consistent enough to measure the program's effectiveness. For the continuation of the Grad Program a reference binder has been made with timelines, community contacts, agendas for each monthly theme, supporting documents, and sample surveys that can be used. The binder includes the mission and objectives of the program, and a sample contact script to help with introducing the Grad Program to future participants.
Cruz-Reyes, Catrina M., "YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program: Grad Program" (2019). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 613.