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Diabetes Prevention Program

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.

For more information or details on upcoming classes, contact us at cdp@westcookymca.org 


Download the informational brochure here.

Descargue el folleto informativo aquí.


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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 Program gives you the skills you need and the support you deserve to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes.


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Everyone needs a push, a pat on the back, a helping hand sometimes. A little encouragement goes a long way when you’re making big changes. In the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program you’ll spend a year surrounded by a group of supportive people with common goals who care about your well-being.

As a participant, you’ll enjoy:

  • A safe space where you can feel comfortable sharing and learning in private.
  • Making new friends. You will support each other as you all trade old habits for healthier new ones.
  • Working as a group. You don't have to figure this out alone.
  • The new energy and confidence that comes with losing weight and reducing your risk for diabetes.


To help reduce your risk for diabetes, your goal in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is to reduce your body weight by 7% and increase your physical activity by at least 150 minutes per week within the first half of the program.

For example, if you weigh 200 pounds your goal for the first half of the program would be to lose 14 pounds and increase your physical activity to what could be a brisk 30-minute walk 5-days per week.

Lose weight, boost your energy, reduce your risk for diabetes and improve your health for life!

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To participate in the program, you must be:

  • 18 years or older.
  • Overweight (BMI ≥ 25) *, and
  • Diagnosed with prediabetes via one of three blood tests or a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes.**
    • A1C (must be 5.7%-6.4%)
    • Fasting Plasma Glucose (must be 100-125 mg/dL)
    • 2-Hour Plasma Glucose (must be 140-199 mg/dL)
  • If you don’t have a blood test result, you must have a qualifying risk score.



7 quick questions to see if you might be at risk.

For each "yes" answer, add the number of points listed: YES NO
Are you a woman who has given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds? 1 0
Do you have a parent with diabetes? 1 0
Do you have a brother or sister with diabetes? 1 0
Find your height on the chart below. Do you weigh as much or more than the weight listed for your height? 5 0
Are you younger than 65 years of age and get little or no physical activity in a typical day? 5 0
Are you between 45 and 65 years of age? 5 0
Are you 65 years of age or older? 9 0
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.
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(in pounds)
4'10" 129 5'8" 177
4'11" 133 5'9" 182
5'0" 138 5'10" 188
5'1" 143 5'11" 193
5'2" 147 6'0" 199
5'3" 152 6'1" 204
5'4" 157 6'2" 210
5'5" 162 6'3" 216
5'6" 167 6'4" 221
5'7" 172    


  • Eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes, but being overweight is a risk factor.
  • People with prediabetes may not have any symptoms.
  • An estimated 86 million Americans ages 20 years and older have prediabetes.
  • And… 89% of that 86 million have NO IDEA they’re at risk.

National Institutes of Health research has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduces the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and by 71% in people over 60.


* Asian individual(s) BMI ≥ 22

** Qualified blood results in the prediabetes range are needed to confirm eligibility. Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.

Notice of Privacy Practices

West Cook 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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