Change Your Lifestyle, Change Your Life (CYL2)


Montgomery, AL – For individuals at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, The Wellness Coalition’s (TWC) lifestyle change program, Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. (CYL2), offers a yearlong curriculum focusing on healthy eating, physical activity, and other lifestyle changes to prevent type 2 diabetes. The program has been successful in changing the lifestyles of many participants and has been transforming lives since its inception.

 June is the final month people can enroll in the program, making it the last enrollment date for River Region residents at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. TWC is conducting in-person and virtual community meetings where residents interested in the program can learn more and ask questions.

●        Monday, June 12 and Monday, June 19 at 5:30 pm CST with Coach Charlisa

o   Register for the virtual class at:

●        Wednesday, June 14 at 11:00 am CST with Coach LaQuantas

o   Southside Church of Christ, 3388 South Hill St., Montgomery, AL 36105


The virtual program will begin on Monday, June 26. The in-person classes will begin on Wednesday, June 28.

 People interested in participating in the classes must call (334) 293-6502 or visit to determine eligibility and register. CYL2  is covered by many insurance companies, including Medicare, for those 65 and older. A limited number of scholarships are available for those without insurance coverage for the program.


“Our program provides comprehensive support to help participants make lasting lifestyle changes that reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes,” said Martine Rockler, diabetes prevention program coordinator. “The lifestyle program is not just a quick fix, but a long-term solution for individuals looking to improve their overall health and well-being.”


Success Stories

Participants have access to a certified lifestyle coach who provides guidance and support throughout the program. The lifestyle coach works with each participant to develop a plan that fits their individual needs and goals. Additionally, the program’s group setting, either virtual or in-person, provides participants with a supportive community facing the same challenges as them.

 “This program gets you connected with people that are actually going through the same thing that you’re going through,” said Demetria Pollard, a certified lifestyle coach with TWC.


Many participants have found the CYL2 program to be life-changing. Some have reported significant weight loss, improved health, and increased energy levels after participating in the program. 

Janey Finley, who took part in the program, shared how it taught her the importance of self-care. She said, “After years of caring for my parents, I had forgotten about my own needs.”

 Jessie Dixon is another participant whose life was transformed by the program. He said, “By being in this class and starting to do these things, it changed my life. I started at 275 and after the first six months, I was down to 240.” Finally, Joy Simmons shared how she thought of her late son throughout her journey and how he would have wanted her to care for herself. She shared, “It has given me another opportunity.” These stories are just a few examples of the positive impact the CYL2 program has had on its participants.

 The Wellness Coalition has released a new video showcasing participants’ success in CYL2. The video features testimonials from individuals who have seen significant improvements in their health and wellbeing after participating in the program. It also features some lifestyle coaches who have helped participants meet their goals and improve their quality of life. Watch the recently released video and learn more about CYL2 here. 


The Wellness Coalition provides no-cost coaching, education, and other services for River Region residents to manage and prevent chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, hypertension, obesity, and more. To learn more visit or call (334) 293-6502.


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