YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Measurable Progress, Unlimited Support


If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can make small, measurable changes that can reduce your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life.


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Let’s face it, if change were easy, we’d all do it.  You’ve spent years developing habits that you can’t expect to change overnight.  It’s tough.  We can help.  The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program gives you the skill you need and the support you deserve to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes.



Everyone needs a push, a pat on the back, a helping hand sometimes.  A little encouragement goes a long way when you’re making big changes.  In the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program you’ll spend a year surrounded by a group of supportive people with common goals who care about your well-being.


As a participant you’ll enjoy:

·        A safe space where you can feel comfortable sharing and learning in private.

·        Making new friends.  You will support each other as you all trade old habits for healthier new ones.

·        Working as a group.  You don’t have to figure this out alone.

·        The new energy and confidence that comes with losing weight and reducing your risk for diabetes.



To help reduce your risk for diabetes, your goal in the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is to reduce your body weight by 7% and increase your physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week within the first half of the program.


For example, if you weigh 200 pounds your goal for the first half of the program would be to lose 14 pounds and increase your physical activity to what could be a brisk 30-minute walk five days per week.


Lose weight, boost your energy, reduce your risk for diabetes and improve you health for life!



·        Eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes, but being overweight is a risk factor

·        People with prediabetes may not have any symptoms

·        An estimated 86 million Americans ages 20 years and older have prediabetes

·        89% of those 86 million have no idea they’re at risk


National Institutes of Health research has shown that programs like the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program reduces the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and by 71% in people over 60.