The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses group lifestyle intervention to reduce the risk of diabetes if you have prediabetes or are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The program encourages you to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle by:

  • Eating healthier
  • Increasing physical activity
  • Losing a modest amount of weight

It’s based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which showed that with lifestyle changes and modest weight reduction, a person with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by 58%.

What the program includes

The program is available for eligible participants ages 18 and up, and includes:

  • 16 weekly core sessions
  • Maintenance sessions every-other week for 6 weeks
  • Monthly maintenance meetings for 6 months

The cost of the year long program is $429. Payment can be made in full, or in 4 installments of $107. Financial assistance is available for qualified participants. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides grant funding for participants age 65 and older that are on Medicare or Medicaid, as well as individuals who are low income. Call 612-230-3487 to see if you qualify.

What to expect

As a participant:

  • A trained lifestyle coach meets regularly with a small group of 10-15 participants
  • Your group will learn about healthier eating, physical activity and behavior changes
  • You will set individual goals and receive tools to help you make small, sustainable lifestyle changes—the program is designed to meet you where you are
  • Weigh-ins are a part of each meeting, and are done in private

Through participation in the program, Shirlee V. says, “I have learned to eat correctly. I actually exercise now—doing at least 10,000 steps a day.” Following completion of the program, Shirlee continues to read about weight loss, keeps up on healthy and nutritious foods, and keeps the program in mind. “I never want to go back to my old way of living and eating. I feel like I have finally broken the cycle. Life is good.”

During the first year of our Diabetes Prevention Program, the program included 206 participants. The average weight loss was 5% and the most weight loss was 36.4 pounds. Find out how the program helped David H. lose 12.4% of his body weight.