Whatley Health Services Offering Services to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Whatley Health Services Offering Services to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Whatley Health Services

A West Tuscaloosa community health center wants to help fight type 2 diabetes in the community. Whatley Health Services has joined a no-cost, evidence-based diabetes prevention program to that end.

The “Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life” (CYL2) program allows participants to work with trained lifestyle coaches to develop and self-monitor individualized health and wellness plans – at no cost to them.

“CYL2 participants meet in small group settings to learn strategies to help them lose weight, become more physically active, manage stress and problem solve challenges,” said Toya Burton, DC, MPH for Whatley Health Services. “The goal is to help participants make positive behavior changes that can not only prevent type 2 diabetes but other preventable and obesity-related chronic conditions.”

As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program, Burton says CYL² tends to outperform fad diets because the tailored approach supports each individual participant to make lifestyle changes while considering their personal situations and challenges.

“CYL2 empowers participants to lose a minimum of 5 percent of their body weight and maintain 150 minutes of physical activity per week,” she added. “This is a realistic and sustainable roadmap for success. Just a few simple changes can make a considerable impact in reducing the risk of preventable chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.”

Whatley Health Services is currently offering these classes in Tuscaloosa County, as well as: 

  • Bibb County
  • Greene County
  • Hale County
  • Lamar County
  • Pickens County
  • Sumter County
  • Walker County


Participants interested in the CYL² program, which is conducted in partnership with the CDC and the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), should know that the classes will meet for one year. In the first four months of the program, classes will meet weekly. In the remaining eight months, classes will meet twice each month to help participants maintain healthy lifestyle changes.

Those interested in joining the classes can call (205) 758-6647 ext. 6170.

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