Currently, 86 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition that precedes diabetes. Helping these individuals adopt and maintain healthier lifestyles and lose a small amount of weight can help prevent nearly half of new cases of type 2 diabetes.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is:

  • An evidence-based program
  • Uses group lifestyle intervention 
  • Designed to reduce the risk of diabetes in individuals with pre-diabetes or at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

This program has been proven to cut people’s chances of developing the disease by more than half.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which showed that with lifestyle changes and modest weight reduction, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by 58 percent.


During the first year of the program 206 participants/22 classes completed the 16 week core program. 

The average weight loss has been 5%, attendance 13 of 16 classes. The top weight loss for the 16 week core program was 12.4% or 36.4 lbs.

The program currently has 18 Lifestyle Coaches, two who are bilingual in Spanish. Our first all Spanish speaking class was offered this year.


You may be at risk for Type 2 diabetes and not even know it!  If you are overweight and not active most days, you are probably at risk.  If you are over age 45 your risk has greatly increased.  Use the checklist below to assess your risk.

CAN I PARTICIPATE? - If you scored a 9 or higher, then you may be at risk for prediabetes or diabetes, and may qualify for the program.  This does NOT mean you have diabetes.  You will need a blood test to confirm if you have diabetes. 

HOW CAN I LOWER MY RISK? - Lose weight by making healthy food choices and being active.  To get started check out some of the nutritious and delicious recipes we have here.  To get a jump on activity check out your local YMCA.  Find your Y here.


The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is offered in partnership with UnitedHealth Group and Medica Insurance in Minnesota.

If you have Medica Insurance, please contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance call center 1-800-237-4942 to determine eligibility.

Reduced pricing is available for interested low income participants. Contact our office at 612-230-3487 or for more information.

To determine if you are at risk, take the American Diabetes Association Risk Test.



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