Community Outreach

Reduce Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes through Viva Fitness

Taking steps to get active and healthy can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes, a chronic disease with potentially life-threatening complications, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and kidney failure, among others. The Mount Sinai Diabetes Center and the YMCA of Greater New York, through its YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP), offer a 16-week fitness and health coaching program at Mount Sinai aimed at reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes. (Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include: overweight, family history, or personal history of gestational diabetes.) If you are unsure of your risk for diabetes, take this short quiz.

The program consists of two one-hour sessions per week. During these sessions, participants meet with a trained health coach from YDPP to learn about healthy eating, physical activity, overcoming stress, and staying motivated to meet your health goals in a comfortable group setting. They also take part in Mount Sinai Diabetes Center’s Viva Fitness, a dance-inspired, light-exercise program.

Sessions take place at the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center, located at 1428 Madison Avenue on the 4th floor of the Atran-Berg Building.

The program is based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which shows that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

Here’s How to Register 
To register, call: (212) 912-2524. If possible, have your health care provider complete and fax this form [PDF]

Vision Voice Photography Exhibit and Documentary Film

Vision Voice is a multimedia community project that focuses on vision loss and managing diabetes in Harlem.  This project seeks to bring attention to the importance of vision health in a community with high rates of diabetes and other chronic conditions that affect eyesight. traveling exhibit that moves every few months to a new location in Harlem and are accompanied by a documentary film that further explores the women’s daily lives with diabetes and vision loss. The Vision Voice Project aims to reach Harlem residents, health care providers, and community leaders.  The film was selected for the 2012 East Harlem International Film Festival and will appear in numerous clinical waiting rooms, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and medical conferences in 2013.

For more information about Vision Voice or to view the documentary film, please contact Brett Ives, NP,CDE at

Mount Sinai Green Market

In collaboration with East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership (EHHOP) and Mount Sinai Office of Community Affairs, diabetes educators from the Diabetes Center teach medical students to provide education and counseling on health and wellness to East Harlem community members at the weekly farmer’s market on 100th Street and Madison Avenue.

Make an Appointment

Tel: 212-241-3422
Fax: 212-423-0508

Mount Sinai Diabetes Center
5 East 98th Street, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10029

Viva — Join the fitness and fun program designed to help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. Watch video