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The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being. Learn if you are at risk for diabetes by taking a brief online assessment.


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The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a year-long program with 19 weekly sessions followed by 6 monthly sessions. In a relaxed classroom setting, a trained Lifestyle Coach helps participants learn skills that will help them incorporate healthy eating, increasing physical activity, and other behavior changes into their everyday lives.  The goals of the program are 7 percent weight loss and an increase in physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58%, and 71% in adults over the age of 60.

To be eligible for this program, participants must be at least 18 years old with a BMI of 25 or greater and at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes. Youth under 18 and persons diagnosed with diabetes do not qualify. A Y membership is not required for participation.


Don had been active and didn’t have a family history of diabetes. So he was shocked to learn after a routine physical that his blood work showed he had prediabetes.

By the time Don was three months into the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, he had already lost 75 percent of the weight he wanted to lose and had worked up to 150 minutes a week of exercise.

“I feel really good,” he said. “I feel healthier, I feel more active, I feel so good I could do things that I couldn’t do before.”

When his brother asked for help moving, he was able to say yes. And now he’s not carrying around extra weight when he chases his grandson.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program also offers the support of a lifestyle coach and other participants experiencing similar challenges. “Sue is my instructor. She does an outstanding job,” Don said. “She really encourages us.”


Sun Life Financial provides support and funding to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. The program also is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, Humana Foundation, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, and Community Health Council of Wyandotte County.