Can you measure a healthy life? Sure, you can—by the cup, the ounce, and the block. If you're at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can make small, measurable, changes that can reduce your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life.

Let's face it, if change were easy, we'd all do it. You've spent years developing habits that you can't expect to change overnight. It's tough. We can help. The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Plan gives you the skills you need and the support you deserve to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes.

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is a one-year program, led by a trained Lifestyle Coach starting with 16 weekly sessions, then 8 monthly sessions. The program helps those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chance of developing the disease.

To qualify for the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must be at least 18 years old, overweight with a BMI≥25*, and diagnosed with prediabetes via one of three blood tests or a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes. If a blood test is not available, you must have a qualifying risk score. (*Asian adults BMI≥22).

The goal of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is for participants to reduce their body weight by 7% and increase their physical activity by 150 minutes per week.

To download the flyer, click here.

If you would like to find out if you qualify, or for more information, contact Melanie Garee, MS, Senior Program Director of Healthy Living at (724) 845-1968. Lose weight, boost your energy, reduce your risk for diabetes and improve your health for life!


The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

The Valley Points Family YMCA and the National Council of Young Men's Christian Association of the United States of America ("YMCA of the USA") have made a commitment to collaborate with the nation's YMCAs on efforts to support a national movement to increase awareness and take measures to prevent diabetes and its complications among groups at risk, and to help support treatment outcomes for individuals who have confirmed diagnoses or indications of prediabetes by promoting an effective lifestyle change. YMCA of the USA nor any YMCA offering the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program warrants or guarantees any specific outcomes for program participants with respect to diabetes prevention.


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