For more info and to register, contact
Mary Beth Emmer - Wellness Director
River Shores Branch
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 to reduce their risk of developing diabetes. The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over 12 months, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance.
Payment plans are available. Thank you to St. Joseph's Hospital Healthy Community Fund and United Way through their generous support we are able to offer classes at a reduced rate. To see if this program is a covered benefit, please check with your employer or health insurance provider.
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.
For more information on dates and times, please see our program guide.