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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. Prediabetes is a potentially reversible condition that often leads to diabetes, and 79 million people in the United States are estimated to have it. 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 yourhealth.

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 proven 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.

About the Program

How It Works

Program Goals


Am I At Risk?

What is Prediabetes?

Health Professionals


Publications & Links

Registration Info

About the Program

As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y believes that all people should be able to live life to its fullest, healthiest potential. In the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program a trained lifestyle coach will introduce topics in a small classroom setting and encourage participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes can benefit their health.

How it works

The 12-month group-based program consists of 16 core sessions, followed by monthly maintenance sessions led by a trained lifestyle coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar goals.
Discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more. Stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals with monthly maintenance sessions.

Program Goals

Lose 7% of your body weight
Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

You will do this by learning strategies for:

Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the program has been shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%. The reduction was even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.

For mor infomation, please also check our links section

1 http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/consumer/eatright.htm
2 http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/consumer/beactive.htm
3 http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/downloads/R2P_life_change.pdf

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Family cookingTestimonials

I don’t remember a life without diabetes and an awareness of my potential for diagnosis. I watched as my grandparents, mother, aunts, uncles and cousins struggled with the disease--and while experience was a great lesson, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program was the first education course to truly impact me.

My life has been so positively impacted that several friends want to know what I’m doing that is working so well for me. The straightforward, simple preventative approach of counting calories, decreasing fat and increasing activity is easy to follow. It is put into easy-to-understand concepts that help me to focus on achieving a goal of lifestyle balance.

I used to lay awake at night and try to figure out how to lose weight and lower my risk of getting diabetes. Thanks to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, I now know what to do, am doing it, and am experiencing success.

“Thank you” is not enough to say, but it will have to do. Thank you.

Donna N. – Ft. Wayne, IN


I learned I was borderline diabetic, and I knew I needed to do something about it. I was looking for a program with real interaction among other people facing the same struggle. Recently, I lost more than 50 pounds, and I accomplished this with the help of the Decatur Family Y and the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. 

When I started the program, I was at 342 pounds. Currently, I weigh 290 pounds, a 13 percent decrease in my weight. At age 51, this program and the weight I’ve lost have made me a more confident person.

Eating smaller portions was difficult at first, because I’m a food guy. I really enjoy eating food, but this program taught me about nutrition and helped me establish a habit of eating healthier foods that I enjoy. I am more confident with meal planning and consumption, and I’m not mindlessly eating anymore.

This whole experience is having a positive effect on my family. I am able to engage more with my 16-year-old son and be a role model for him. For the first time, he’s eating and enjoying nutritious foods. He learned that healthy eating is important for everyone.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program changed my life. I am balancing my life better and am altogether healthier, happier and more confident.

John S. – Stone Mountain, GA


This program has made a huge difference in my life.  My blood pressure and cholesterol are back down where they are supposed to be. I have more energy. I want to do everything I can to stay on track and to keep myself motivated. 

I feel good about the fact that I am taking charge of my health and am doing what I can to be healthy. This is really important to me at a time when health care is so expensive.

This program did wonders for me and I know it can help other people as well.

Marilyn N. – Seattle, WA

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Am I At Risk?

An estimated one of every three U.S. adults has prediabetes, yet just 7% of those with prediabetes know they have it. Prediabetes increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Take the quiz below to learn if you are at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

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 of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Health Professionals

Through our expertise in chronic disease prevention, the Y can help you help your patients.

As a leading nonprofit strengthening community, in part, through healthy living, the Y knows that in order to remain healthy, patients diagnosed with prediabetes often need to make lifestyle changes. We also understand that such changes can come with challenges and that having a reliable support system can not only make adjustments easier for your patients, but also help ensure that they stay motivated.

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program – based on research by the National Institutes of Health and part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – is a proven, community-based disease prevention resource that can provide your patients with the support they need to adopt the behaviors you recommend to improve their condition. It uses a classroom setting and peer support to introduce and emphasize the benefits of:

At the Y, we believe all people deserve the opportunity to live full, healthy lives. When you refer patients to the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program you can rest assured that they are receiving help and guidance from trained lifestyle coaches who understand the many day-to-day changes they are trying to make. We will work closely with them to make sure that their efforts are supported and that they develop the kinds of healthy habits that we know can help delay, or even prevent, the onset of type 2 diabetes. We will provide you with updates updates on your patients' progress at regular intervals.

Partners and Community Organizations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

UnitedHealth Group

American Diabetes Association

Diabetes Advocacy Alliance


Publications & Links


Ackermann, Ronald, and David Marrero. "Adapting the Diabetes Prevention
              Program Lifestyle Intervention for Delivery in the Community The
              YMCA Model." The Diabetes Educator. 33. no. 69 (2007): 69-78.
              http://tde.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstra ct/33/1/69
              (accessed October 20, 2011).

Ackermann, Ronald, Emily Finch, Edward BrizendineLast, Honghong Zhou, and
              David Marrero. "Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program into
              the Community The DEPLOY Pilot Study." American Journal of
              Preventive Medicine. (2008).

Amundson, Helen,  Marcene Butcher, Dorothy Gohdes, Taryn Hall, Todd
              Harwell, Steven Helgerson, Karl Vanderwood. "Translating the
              Diabetes Prevention Program Into Practice in the General
              Community: Findings Fromthe Montana Cardiovascular Disease
              and Diabetes Prevention Program." The Diabetes Educator. 35.
              no. 209 (2009): 209-223.

Berenson, Robert, John Holahan, Linda Blumberg, Randall Bovbjerg, Timothy
              Waidmann, Allison Cook, and Williams Aimee. "How We Can Pay
              for Health Care Reform." Timely Analysis of Immediate Health
              Policy Issues. (2009): 10-11.

Brink, Susan. "The Diabetes Prevention Program." Health Affairs. 28. no. 1
              (2009): 57-62.

Knowler, William, Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, Sarah Fowler, Richard Hamman,
              John Lachin, Elizabeth Walker, and David Nathan.  "Reduction in the
              Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes with Lifestyle Intervention or
              Metformin." The New England Journal of Medicine. 346. no. 6 (2002):

For more Information or to register contact:
Kari Porter, YMCA Diabetes Prevention Coordinator 
541 686 9622 x 204  prevention@eugeneymca.org 

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Winter 2014 Class Dates

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