Grand Rapids, MI (November 15, 2016) – November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a good time for people to gauge their risk for prediabetes and diabetes and to talk to their doctors. Of the 86 million people with prediabetes, only 10 percent are aware of their condition, so the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids has partnered with the students in the pharmacy department at Ferris State University to host free assessments at six YMCA locations.

Free Blood Pressure Checks & Diabetes Risk Assessments

  • November 15
    Visser Family YMCA 5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • November 16
    Lowell YMCA 9:00 – 11:00 am
    Spartan Stores YMCA 3:00 – 6:00 pm
  • November 18
    Lowell YMCA 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • November 21
    Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA 3:00 – 4:30 pm
    David D. Hunting YMCA 5:00 – 6:30 pm
    Mary Free Bed YMCA 6:30 – 8:00 pm

About Prediabetes
Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. In addition to the high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, people with prediabetes are also at risk of developing other chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke. To address this issue, the Y offers the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, which helps adults lose weight through healthier eating and increased physical activity, which can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a group-based lifestyle intervention for adults at high-risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of diabetes by 58 percent overall and by 71 percent in adults over 60.

“As a leading charity committed to building a community of integrated health, the Y wants residents of West Michigan to understand their risk for prediabetes and steps they can take to prevent developing type 2 diabetes,” said Nicole Hansen, Executive Director of YMCA Activate.

Individuals can assess their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by visiting various Y branch locations November 14 - 21 or by taking a simple test at Through this assessment, visitors can also learn how lifestyle choices and family history help determine the ultimate risk for developing the disease. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include race, age, weight, and activity level. If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) led National Diabetes Prevention Program, is a 12-month evidence-based program that features a lifestyle coach who helps participants learn tactics for healthy eating, physical activity and other lifestyle changes during 25, one-hour classroom sessions. Long-term program goals include reducing participants’ body weight by 7 percent and increasing physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

Nationally, more than 47,000 people participated in the program at more than 1,600 sites in 47 states throughout the country. Participants who completed the yearlong program lost an average of 5.5 percent of body weight and completed an average of 160 minutes of physical activity per week.

For more information about how to qualify for access to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program contact 616.855.9664 or visit