YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

A research tested program has been shown to reduce new cases of Type 2 diabetes by 58% and by 70% in adults over 60 years of age.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps overweight adults at risk for type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being. Participants work together in a small group classroom setting to adopt and maintain healthier lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight. This is a 12-month program consisting of 16 weekly core sessions, followed by 3 bi-weekly sessions, and then 6 monthly sessions. Research has shown that participation in the program can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 58% and by 70% for adults over the age of 60.

Did you know… 1 in 3 adults in the US is at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, that’s 86 million people, and 90% of them do not know they are at risk?


Program Expectations

  • Reduce weight by 7%
  • Gradually increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week


More than 200 Ys across the country help thousands of people reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes with YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. This small-group program helps people with prediabetes eat healthier, increase their physical activity and lose weight, which can delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.


What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. Diabetes affects more than 29 million people. A condition called prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. More than 84 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes. Diabetes has no cure, but prediabetes can be reversed.

Chances are you know at least one person with diabetes and probably more than one with prediabetes. To find out if you are at risk, take this quick test. Then share the test with friends and family.
Interested in Registering? Contact Brandy Lefsyk our Prescribe the Y Coordinator blefsyk@ymcaathol.org


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