Testimonials and Success Stories

Past Participants have shared how they’ve benefited from being a part of the La Crosse Area Family YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Take a look below!


“The Bjorkquist’s entry into the program began when Vern’s doctor gave him a choice: Receive medical treatments for diabetes, or make lifestyle changes and be treated for pre-diabetes.  Admittedly set in his unhealthy patterns, Vern didn’t immediately
agree to the Y program until his wife offered to…” read more.


“I learned to make good choices. Especially when going out to eat or at a social event. My blood work numbers have greatly improved. My doctor is very pleased. I also have more energy to be active and stay active longer.”   Read more…


“I would like to express my thanks to the YMCA for offering their Diabetes Prevention program. Just a little over a year ago, I read an article in the La Crosse Tribune, offering a prevention program for people with a history of diabetes in their
family, & for pre-diabetic people that were afraid of that inevitable diagnosis.

Read more of testimonial from

Kathy Westaby


Dee Hutzler is proof that it is never too late to make changes to improve one’s health.

Read her story, written by Terry Rindfleisch, a retired health reporter who wrote for The La Crosse Tribune for 32 years