Michiana Family YMCA

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Diabetes Prevention Program

offered by the YMCA of Michiana

You can take control

Diabetes Inquiry The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program, and designed to help those at high risk adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Our Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58%.

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will help you change your lifestyle by learning about healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions. Topics covered include nutrition, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more. After the initial 16 core sessions, you will meet monthly for up to a year for added support to help them maintain their progress.

Am I At Risk?

Your doctor can tell if you are at risk. He/she can determine your risk through a blood test with one of the following results:

  • Fasting plasma glucose between 100-125 mg/dL

  • Hemoglobin A1c between 5.7% and 6.4%

  • Random or casual blood glucose level of 199-240 mg/dL or higher

In addition, a combination of risk factors such as family history, overweight, gestational diabetes, and elevated cholesterol may also put you at risk.

Diabetes Storybook

Can I Participate?

To qualify for the program, individuals must be overweight and at high risk for developing diabetes or overweight and have been diagnosed by a physician as someone with pre-diabetes. To complete the risk factor self-referral click here.

In order to qualify for the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI>25) and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with pre diabetes. If you answer yes to at least two of the following criteria you may also be eligible:

  • Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth?

  • Do you have a parent with diabetes?

  • Do you have a brother or sister with diabetes? Find your height on the chart to the right. Do you weigh as much as or more than the weight listed for your height?

  • Are you younger than 65 years of age and get little or no physical activity in a typical day?

  • Are you between 45 and 64 years of age?

  • Are you 65 years of age or older?

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. United Healthcare members should check with their employer for program availability, or contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to confirm eligibility at 1-800-237-4942.

Diabetes Inquiry

To register or to find out if you are eligible, contact Natalie Tavernier, Community Health Coordinator, at (574) 287-9622 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Community Partners

Memorial Hospital of South Bend joins hospitals and health systems across the country in moving from treating outcomes to preventing problems; taking treatment out of the hospital - keeping the community healthier through education and early intervention. The federal government-required Community Heath Needs Assessment(CHNA) conducted by Memorial identified DIABETES as one of the most significant healthcare concerns in our area. With the continued commitment and support of the YMCA and other partner organizations, to improve the overall health status of St. Joseph County, Memorial’s Community Health Enhancement is pleased to make local health data and resources available to our community and help promote our partnerships’ successful results.

Learn More:

Abelson, Reed. (2010, April 13). An insurer’s new approach to diabetes. The New York Times.
Ackerman, R.T., & Marrero, D.G. (2007). Adapting the diabetes prevention program lifestyle intervention for delivery in the community: the YMCA model. The Diabetes Educator, 33, 69-77.
Ackerman, R.T., Finch, E.A., Brizendine, E., Zhou, H., & Marrero, D.G. (2008). Translating the diabetes prevention program into the community. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 35(4), 357-363.
Hobson, K. (2010, April 13). UnitedHealth to pay Walgreens, YMCA, for progress on diabetes. Wall Street Journal, Martin, A. (2009, October 6). Getting the drop on diabetes. Market Watch.
Knowler, W.C., Barrett-Conner, E., Fowler, S.E., Hamman, R.F., & Lachin, J.M. (2002). Reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes with lifestyle intervention or metformin. New England Journal of Medicine, 346(6), 393-403.

The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay.
Read more about our financial assistance.