The YMCA, Learn, Grow, Thrive

For A Healthier You


The Y believes that all people should be able to live life to its fullest, healthiest potential. In the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program a trained lifestyle coach will lead a small group and encourage participants as they explore healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes.


How it works:

  • The 12-month group-based program consists of 16 core sessions then transitioning to bi-monthly and monthly maintenance sessions. 
  • In a safe space, learn more about healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, and problem solving.
  • Stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals.


Program Goals:

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


  • Healthy Eating—Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier food options has been proven to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

  • 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 your good cholesterol and prevent blood flow problems.

  • Losing Weight—It has been shown that reducing a modest amount of body weight 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%. The reduction was even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.


For more information and to discuss program fees contact:


Martina Mellang

Community and Prevention Program Director

(608) 519-5473.