Change Your Lifestyle.
Change Your Life.

Reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes with our Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. (CYL2) program. You’ll get your very own coach to teach you how to eat healthy foods and increase your physical activity. And when you’re having a rough day and feel like slipping back into your old habits, your classmates will be there to keep you on track. The American Diabetes Association identifies this program as meeting the Diabetes Support Initiative criteria for support programming.

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. 1 in 3 adults in America has prediabetes and most don’t know it. Take the Risk Test now to see if you are at risk.

How can prediabetes affect me?

Without losing weight or increasing physical activity, people with prediabetes may develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years. If you have prediabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, you can make changes now to improve your health.

Check out these photos of others in your area who are making the change with our diabetes prevention classes:

What changes can I make to help avoid developing type 2 diabetes?

Just because you have a family history of diabetes, or have been diagnosed with prediabetes, doesn’t mean you are destined to develop it. Making small lifestyle changes now — like eating healthier, being more physically active, and managing stress — may help you avoid having to manage type 2 diabetes for the rest of your life.

See how Jasminn changed her lifestyle:
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How can CYL2 help me make these changes?

The CYL2 program can help you take charge of your health to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Research found that the program helps people make small lifestyle changes and cut their risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half.

CYL2 reduces the risk for type 2 diabetes and many other chronic conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure. The goal of the program is to help you lose 5 to 7 percent of your weight — that’s only 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds — by eating healthier and being more physically active. This will improve your health and cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

I learned that small changes over time can make a big difference. Eating healthier is a process towards improving oneself. For me losing more than 17 pounds was a definite improvement.


After this program I began to eat properly and developed an exercise regimen to aid in my efforts of taking charge of my health.

-D. Lavender

I really enjoyed this program because it was educational and motivating. The program helped me to reduce my portions and count my calories.

-S. Jones

I am learning to cook healthier, move more and getting insights from other participants who share the same issues/concerns that I have.

-B. Lee

I’m learning to be more aware of what I prepare, eat and cook. I even like to weigh in each week because it keeps me motivated to eat healthier, improve my heart health and move more.

-M. Taylor

Your friends and neighbors are already making the change!

How much does CYL2 cost?

There is no cost to you. CYL2 is conducted in partnership with the Black Women’s Health Imperative through a cooperative agreement with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

When does CYL2 meet?

CYL2 meets for 1 year with weekly meetings for the first 4 months, and meetings twice a month for the following 8 months, to help maintain your healthy lifestyle changes. Online classes available. Call (205) 614-6177 to find out when classes are available and how you can join!

Meet your CYL2 Team
Jamaiyah Beck
Jamaiyah BeckProgram Coordinator
Regina Brooks
Regina BrooksAsst. Program Coordinator & Lifestyle Coach
Qunisha Sanders
Qunisha SandersLifestyle Coach
Andrea Hayes
Andrea HayesLifestyle Coach
Ianswer Johnson
Ianswer JohnsonLifestyle Coach

“The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.” 

Arthur Schopenhauer

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