YMCA Diabetes prevention program

Take Control of Your Health

The YMCA of Dane County, and YMCA's across the nation, are doing our part to help those who are at high risk of developing diabetes, manage their symptoms through diet and exercise. Our Diabetes Prevention Program allows participants to meet with a trained Lifestyle Coach to learn more about diabetes, as well as share the support from others dealing with similar diabetes related issues. We are committed to helping reverse the affects of prediabetes and to improve the overall health and well-being of our participants, and to further improve the health of our entire community. Browse the YUSA booklet or program details below for more information.

About Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that affects more than 29 million Americans, and another 89 million are at high risk of developing the disease. This potentially debilitating disease is defined by your body's inability to balance blood-sugar levels, either because of a deficiency in insulin, or an insulin resistance. Untreated, diabetes can have permanent negative effects on your heart, kidneys, nerves, eyes, and more. Prediabetes, a treatable condition that affects 89 million Americans, can lead to the onset of diabetes if appropriate changes in diet and exercise, or other treatments, are not made.

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


Are You at Risk?

CDC Prediabetes Screening Test.
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Eligibility to Participate in YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is available to either YMCA members or non-members who are over 18 years old and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This program is specifically for participants who are overweight (BMI ≥ 25) and have been diagnosed with prediabetes through a blood, have had gestational diabetes, or received a qualifying risk score.

The 12 Month Program

Small groups of participants will meet initially for 16 weekly sessions. These one-hour sessions will focus on educating participants about healthy diet and exercise habits, improving coping and problem-solving skills and will allow opportunity to discuss other issues surrounding the symptoms of diabetes.

Following the 16 weekly sessions, small groups will meet once per month with their health coach to stay motivated and focused on their individual goals.

Outcomes & Benefits

  • Improve physical activity and mobility, ultimately reaching 150 minutes of fitness per week
  • Lose 7% of bodyweight

​Equipment, Attire & What to Bring

  • The Y provides all necessary equipment

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

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