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 or have been diagnosed with prediabetes

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps you take control of your health by adopting habits to reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes and improve your overall health and well-being. Research by the National Institutes of Health has proven that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by nearly 60%.

We encourage everyone to take control of their health and learn if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Take the Diabetes Risk Assessment.

The Program

The program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating and increasing their physical activity in order to reduce their risk for developing diabetes. The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance.

In order 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 or have been diagnosed with prediabetes†.
† _Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.

Program Goals:

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

Weekly Session Descriptions:

  1. Welcome to the Program
  2. Be a Fat Detective
  3. Ways to Eat Less Fat
  4. Healthy Eating
  5. Move Those Muscles
  6. Being Active: A Way of Life
  7. Tip the Calorie Balance
  8. Take Charge of What’s Around You
  9. Problem Solving
  10. Four Keys to Healthy Eating Out
  11. Talk Back to Negative Thoughts
  12. The Slippery Slope of Lifestyle Change
  13. Jump Start Your Activity Plan
  14. Make Social Cues Work for You
  15. You Can Manage Stress
  16. Ways to Stay Motivated

Mary Beth Emmer - Registered Dietitian & Nutrition Counselor West Bend YMCA
Mary Beth Emmer
Registered Dietitian &
Nutrition Counselor

West Washington Branch
West Bend
(P) 262 247 1050 ext.2007
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Heather Schwengel - Director of Healthy Living Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA
Heather Schwengel
Director of Healthy Living
Feith Family
Ozaukee Branch
Port Washington/Saukville
(P) 262 268 9622 ext. 3416
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