YMCA Diabetes prevention program

Take Control of Your Health

Type 2 diabetes. Most people have heard about this serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure and blindness. There is no cure for type 2 diabetes.  But many people don’t know about prediabetes, which happens before type 2 diabetes. Unlike type 2 diabetes, prediabetes can be reversed. 


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Success Stories & Testimonials
Learn more about how the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is helping people across the nation. Read testimonials from the YUSA or watch the video's below.

Miranda - La Crosse, WI

Lester - La Crosse, WI

Monique - YUSA

Partner Organizations

Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation

Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin

Are You at Risk?

CDC Prediabetes Screening Test.
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What Is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Am I at Risk?

It’s possible. More than 86 million adults in the U.S. have prediabetes, and only about 9 million are aware of it. Prediabetes increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Take this quiz to learn if you are at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

If you were 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 reduce the risks this condition can pose to your health.

About the Program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease.

Research by the National Institutes of Health shows that programs like the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58%. The reduction is even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.

How it Works

Over one year and 25 sessions, the Diabetes Prevention Program uses a trained Lifestyle Coach to facilitate a small group of participants in a classroom setting. This supportive group encourages and motivates each other to learn about healthier eating, physical activity, reducing stress and other behavior changes and to maintain progress towards program goals.

Program Goals

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

Who Can Participate?

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

*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.

For more information about this program, please contact Sharon Baldwin.

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