Did you know that losing a modest amount of weight and increasing your physical activity could help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes? Learn how the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you reach your healthy living goals.



The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program gets to the root of the diabetes epidemic by helping those at high risk of developing the disease make lifestyle changes. The program focuses on healthy eating, increased physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight.

Participants in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program meet in a classroom setting as a group with a trained YMCA lifestyle coach for 16 core sessions to learn and practice lifestyle skills. During the sessions they learn how to make healthier food choices, how to incorporate more physical activity into their daily routine and how to manage a healthy weight. After the initial 16 core sessions, participants meet monthly for added support to help them maintain their progress.

Studies show that lifestyle changes and modest weight reduction can delay the onset of diabetes by 58%.

Prediabetes vs. Diabetes

What Is “Prediabetes”?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, prediabetes is a condition people get before they are diagnosed with diabetes. Prediabetes is characterized by blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes often does not have any symptoms and many people don’t know they have it.

There are 86 million people in the United States who have prediabetes. Recent research has shown that some long-term damage to the body, especially the heart and circulatory system, may already be occurring during prediabetes.

Though prediabetes is often a precursor to diabetes — diet and lifestyle changes, including modest weight loss, can help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, now is the time for action to prevent diabetes.

What Is Diabetes?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, diabetes is a disease in which blood sugar levels are above normal. Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

Learn About the Risks

Could I have prediabetes and not know it?
Yes. It is estimated that just 7% of people with prediabetes are aware of their condition. People with prediabetes often don’t have or notice any symptoms. It is important for those at risk to regularly monitor their health with their doctor and seek lifestyle changes to maintain health.

Symptoms of Prediabetes
Possible symptoms of prediabetes include unusual thirst, a frequent desire to urinate, blurred vision, or fatigue. Often there are no symptoms associated with prediabetes.

If you fall into three or more of the following categories, you may be at risk for prediabetes or diabetes:

  • Blood pressure of 140/90 or higher
  • Above-normal cholesterol levels
  • Inactive lifestyle (exercising less than 2x/week)
  • Family history of diabetes
  • History of gestational diabetes
  • Obesity (BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2)
  • Aged 45 years or older

If you fall into three or more categories, it does NOT mean you have prediabetes or diabetes. A blood test performed by a doctor is needed to find out.

“I’ve Been Diagnosed with Prediabetes”

Sign Up TODAY For the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

Prediabetes affects over 86 million Americans. The YMCA can help put you on a path to a healthier future. Over the course of 16 one-hour classroom sessions, a trained lifestyle coach teaches participants how to change their lifestyles through healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes. Download the brochure with registration form here.


For more information about the
YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program
or the Diabetes Management Program, please contact:

Amy Fox – Health & Wellness Coordinator
1000 Division Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481
P 715 342 2980 ext. 334  E afox@spymca.org

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

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Lifestyle Changes:
Diabetes Prevention Is Possible

Preventing diabetes isn’t easy — but it is possible. Studies find that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the single best way to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes — and public-private partnerships, like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, are proving to be a model that works.

Studies show that people at high risk for diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by losing 7 percent of their body weight if they are overweight — that’s 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. Here are two simple steps to help you get on — and stay on — the path of healthy living:

  • Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days a week.
  • Eat a variety of foods that are low in fat and reduce the number of calories you eat per day.001_Healthy_foods

Explore healthy choices related to physical activity and nutrition. The small steps you take today can lead to a lifetime of healthy choices tomorrow.



“What if I Already Have Diabetes?”

The Diabetes Management Program

This is an evidence-based, 12-week exercise program specifically designed to help you manage type 2 diabetes. The program consists of a combination of aerobic exercises, resistance and flexibility exercises, strength training, and applicable nutrition information. This particular combination and dose of exercises has been shown to be a very effective way to improve overall health, increase insulin sensitivity, and decrease long term effects of diabetes among participants.

Please be sure to tell friends and family about these life changing programs.