Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and other chronic and acute health conditions.

Prediabetes occurs when health markers for diabetes are present or elevated, but not enough for type 2 Diabetes diagnosis. Risk for developing type 2 Diabetes may be reduced or eliminated by addressing prediabetes and through lifestyle changes including weight loss, regular physical activity and healthy eating. Prediabetes may be reversible; diabetes has no cure.

You can reduce your risk for type 2 Diabetes and gain tools for healthy living. If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) provides support for you to learn about and practice adopting healthy habits to reduce your risk of developing the disease.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee has been approved as a Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program supplier. If you have Medicare Part B or a Medicare Advantage Plan, you may qualify to participate at no cost.

ABOUT THE ymca’s diabetes prevention Program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12-month lifestyle modification program, that is a part of a national effort, by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program, led by trained lifestyles coaches in a small group setting, will help you adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle changes. You’ll learn and practice strategies for healthy eating, physical activity and other healthy living activities and you’ll receive support and encouragement from both your coach and fellow classmates as you develop a plan for improving and maintaining your overall well-being. The goal of the program is to prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes by reducing body weight by 7% and participating in 150 minutes of physical activity per week.

assess your risk & determine if you qualify

There are many factors that determine if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes – lifestyle, age, family history, and weight to name a few. Find out if you are at-risk now by taking this pre-diabetes quiz online.

To qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, participants 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.

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Thursdays, May 2, 2024 – April 10, 2025 | 10:30-11:30 AM
COACH: Maureen

Wednesdays, May 29, 2024 – May 14, 2025 | 6:30-7:30 PM
COACH: Melodee

Thursdays, June 27, 2024 – June 5, 2025 | 6:30-7:30 PM
COACH: Katie

Sessions are held online via Zoom.

For more information, to register, or to refer a patient to the program, please contact us.

Contact Us

Karen Kalkhoff
Evidence Based Health Intervention Director

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