November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and as a leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to improving America’s health, the Kettle Moraine YMCA is encouraging Ozaukee and Washington County residents to understand their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and steps to take to prevent the disease through programs like this one.
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 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.
Mary Beth Emmer
Registered Dietitian &
West Washington Branch