YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Change today for a healthier future

You can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and gain tools for healthy living.  If you are interested in learning more about this program please complete this form and a Lifestyle Coach will contact you or check out our brochure.

Did you know?
 About 79 million American adults have prediabetes.

 People with prediabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless they take action to prevent or delay the disease.

 Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease.

The good news . . .
Lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight can prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes in those at high risk for the disease. With the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, you can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt habits that will improve your overall health and well-being and reduce your risk. The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance.


If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing the disease, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you develop a healthier lifestyle and work with you to reduce the risks this condition can pose to your health. 

Based on effective efforts researched by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program will help you learn about and adopt the healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Through the program you will receive support and encouragement from both a trained lifestyle coach and fellow classmates as you develop a plan for improving and maintaining your overall well-being.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle that will help you reduce your chances of developing diabetes. The program is led by a trained lifestyle coach who will introduce topics in a small classroom setting and encourage participants as they explore how living a balanlced healthy lifestyle through healthy eating, physical activity and behavior change can benefit their health and prevent, or delay, the onset of type 2 diabetes.

The 12-month group-based program consists of 16 weekly one-hour core sessions, followed by 7-8 monthly maintenance sessions.  The 60-minute sessions will discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more that will provide tools and support toward meeting the program goals.  


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  • Lose 7% of your body weight
  • Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week

You will do this by learning strategies for:

  • Healthy Eating— Learn how to reduce daily  fat intake and discover variety, balance and moderation in your eating habits
  • Increasing Physical Activity—Studies have repeatedly shown that moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes, five days a week can help improve your blood pressure, raise good cholesterol and prevent type 2 diabetes
  • Losing Weight—It has been shown that reducing body weight by even a small amount (as little as 7%) can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes

Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the program has been shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58% when achieving the program goals. The reduction was even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older. 

Each participant will receive a free membership to the Ann Arbor YMCA during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th months (up to a $250 value); membership during the maintenance phase based on completion of monthly objectives determined by the group (up to a $48 value each month), a free Calorie King Book, weekly session handouts and a free, one-on-one equipment orientation.  Participants do not need to be current Y members.

In order to qualify for the program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI > 25)* and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes indicated by a confirmatory blood value†, prediabetes determined by clinical diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) during previous pregnancy, or a qualifying risk score. 

Find out your risk now by taking the prediabetes risk quiz from the National Diabetes Education Program or downloading the risk assessment form.

*Asian individual(s) BMI > 22

†Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.

Take control of your health

To enroll in the program or for more information please contact Jennifer Nicodemus at 734-661-8043 or jnicodemus[at]annarborymca.org.

Individuals should check with their employer about the availability of this program as a covered benefit, or contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to confirm eligibility at 1-800-237-4942.

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program and is nationally supported by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance.

The Ann Arbor YMCA and the National Council of Young Men's Christian Association of the United States of America ("YMCA of the USA"), have made a commitment to collaborate on efforts to support a national movement to increase awareness and take measures to prevent diabetes and its complications amoung groups at risk, and to help support treatment outcomes for individuals who have confirmed diagnoses or indications of prediabetes by promoting an effective lifestyle change.  The parties reference above do not warrant or guarantee any specific outcomes for program participants, with respect to diabetes prevention.