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YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program
Unmeasurable Progress, Unlimited Support

Reduce your diabetes risk and gain tools for healthy living through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and blindness. The good news is for those that have been diagnosed with prediabetes, with the right intervention and treatment the condition can potentially be reversed. Estimates indicate that 86 million people in the United States have prediabetes but that only 11 percent of those people are aware of it.

As the nation’s leading nonprofit for strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y believes in chronic disease prevention and is committed to providing quality researched based programing, like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program to those who are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

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 shown 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 balanced 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 begins with 16 weekly sessions, 3 sessions every other week, then monthly sessions for the remaining 6 months of the program. Each of the 25 sessions lasts approximately 1 hour.


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

You will do this by learning strategies for:

  • Healthy Eating— Learn to reduce your 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.

All participants will receive a free three-month adult YMCA membership after completing the 5th session of the core program.

Please inquire regarding the cost of the program. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.

Current Y membership is NOT required.

Program is available to ALL regardless of insurance status. Those with health insurance can check with their employer for program availability, or contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to confirm eligibility at 1-800-237-4942.


In order to qualify for the program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight, have a body-mass index (BMI) of greater than 25* and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes indicated by a confirmatory blood value†. In addition, prediabetes can be 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.

For more information about the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, including how to enroll or refer patients, contact Suann Luedeke, Program Coordinator at 937-492-9134 or

The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA would like to thank our two primary sponsors, Cargill and Wilson Memorial Hospital, for their support of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program within Shelby County. This program provides people with prediabetes the information and tools they need to take control of their health and tackle this disease.

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 with the nation’s YMCAs on efforts to support a national movement to increase awareness and take measures to prevent diabetes and its complications among 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. YMCA of the USA nor any YMCA offering the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program warrants or guarantees any specific outcomes for program participants with respect to diabetes prevention.

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