The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of 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.  A trained lifestyle coach facilitates the small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over 25 sessions delivered over the course of one year. 

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is: 

  • An evidence-based program uses group lifestyle intervention 

  • Designed to reduce the risk of diabetes in individuals with pre-diabetes or at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.This program has been proven to cut people’s chances of developing the disease by more than half.

  • The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program 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 pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by 58 percent.

Contact Erica Walsh, Health Initiatives Coordinator at or 269-428-9622, to learn more about the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program.

In the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of adults to discuss behavior changes that can improve the health of participants. The program consists of 25 one-hour sessions delivered over the course of a year.

Program Goals

  • Lose 5–7% of your body weight
  • Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

Participants do this through:

  • Healthy Eating – Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier foods can help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes
  • Increasing Physical Activity – 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 your good cholesterol and prevent blood flow problems
  • Losing Weight – Reducing your body weight by as little as 5–7% can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes

Am I At Risk?

You may be at risk for Type 2 diabetes and not even know it!  If you are overweight and not active most days, you are probably at risk. If you are over age 45 your risk has greatly increased. Click the button below for a checklist to assess your risk. Click here to download our YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program brochure.

Can I participate? -  If you scored a 9 or higher, then you may be at risk for prediabetes or diabetes, and may qualify for the program. This does NOT mean you have diabetes. You will need a blood test to confirm if you have diabetes. 

How Can I Lower My Risk?- Lose weight by making healthy food choices and being active. 

Success Stories

Dangers of Diabetes

Program Curriculum