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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. Estimates indicate that 79 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 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.



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 balanlced 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 consists of 16 weekly one-hour core sessions, followed by 7-8 monthly maintenance sessions.  The 60-minute sessions will discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more that will provide tools and support toward meeting the program goals.  


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

You will do this by learning strategies for:

  • Healthy Eating— Learn how to reduce 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 one-month individual YMCA membership after completing the 5th session of the core program that can be used up to one month after the 16th session.  Please inquire regarding the cost of the program. Financial assistance may be available to those who apply.  UnitedHealthcare members should check with their employer for program availability, or contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to confirm eligibility at 1-800-237-4942. 

For more information or to enroll contact Ellie Duyser, Diabetes Prevention Program Director at eduyser@ymcamke.org or 414-357-2820. 



In order to qualify for the program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI > 25)* and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes indicated by a confirmatory blood value†, prediabetes 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.