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Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program  helps those at high risk adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

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The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which showed that by eating healthier, engaging in moderate physical activity and losing just 7% of your body weight, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by up to 71%.


That's only 14 pounds for a 200-pound adult. In a small group setting a trained lifestyle coach will help you build healthy lifestyle habits by introducing new options for healthy eating, physical activity and other healthy lifestyle changes.


All sessions are one-hour in length. The program begins with 16 consecutive weekly sessions, transitioning to three sessions every other week, then one session each month for 6 additional months to cement the positive changes to your new healthy lifestyle. Topics covered include nutrition, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more.

  • Reduce body weight by 7% 

  • Gradually increase moderate physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week

Do I quality for the program? 

There are two ways to qualify:

Either your doctor can perform a simple evaluation or you can take a very short, 9 question risk analysis to see if you qualify for the program.


Just click to find out.


If you have had one of the following blood values in the last 12 months, you may also qualify for the program: HbA1c between 5.7% and 6.4% Fasting plasma glucose between 100 - 125 mg/dL 2-hour plasma glucose level of 140-199 mg/dL or higher.


Your doctor is aware of the tremendous benefits of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program and would welcome your participation.

Please keep your doctor updated regularly about your participation, weight loss and the lifestyle changes you have made to improve your health. It is not uncommon to experience other benefits such as lowered blood pressure, more energy and increased stamina as a result of your participation in the program.

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