The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk by taking necessary steps to improve their health and well-being.

Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and blindness. Prediabetes is potentially reversible condition that often leads to type 2 diabetes, and 86 million people in the United States are estimated to have it. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing the disease, the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program can help you develop a healthier lifestyle and work with you to reduce the risk this condition poses to your health.

Based on effective efforts researched by the National Institutes of Health, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention program will help you learn about and adopt the healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Through the program you will receive support and encouragement from both a trained lifestyle coach and fellow classmates as you develop a plan for improving and maintaining your overall well-being. The program will provide a supportive environment where participants work together in small groups to learn about how to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.

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The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is certified to pilot this program here in West Michigan, with a focus on serving the most vulnerable populations.

How It Works:

  • Led by a trained lifestyle coach, the 12-month group-based program consists of 16 one-hour, weekly sessions, followed by monthly gatherings of 6 – 12 participants who have similar goals.
  • Discuss topics such as eating healthy, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more.
  • Stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals with monthly maintenance sessions.
  • A four month adult membership to the Y is included if you enroll and attend the first 4 weeks.

Program Goals:

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

You will do this by learning strategies for:

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 your body weight by even a small amount (as little as 7%) 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 number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%. The reduction was even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.

Enroll Today!

For information about the program or to see if you qualify contact:

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program
Note: To qualify you must be 18 years of age and have a BMI of 25 or greater (22 or greater for Asian individuals) and be at risk for type 2 diabetes.

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All classes are 16 weekly sessions.
For more information or to enroll in the class, please contact us.

Need more class times and locations? Click HERE to visit other area Diabetes Prevention Programs.

If you are interested in learning more or would like to see if you qualify for the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, please email ymcadpp@grymca.org or call 616.855.9687. For media inquiries call 616.855.9668.