Michiana Family YMCA

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Diabetes Prevention Program
Change Today for a
Healthier Tomorrow
If you’re struggling with weight and nutritional choices, you could be at a risk for diabetes. Being overweight and physically inactive puts you at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In fact, there are over 86 million Americans that have prediabetes but only 10% know that they have it.

It’s not too late; you can make a lifestyle change. We want to help through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. This program can help you learn how to make simple changes to lose weight, live healthier, and hopefully avoid the onset of the disease. A trained lifestyle coach provides facilitated group support and guidance on tactics to improve eating habits, physical activity and other life choices over the course of 25 one-hour sessions (16 weekly, 3 biweekly, and 6 monthly).

Watch Michael's story

Meet Michael. He changed his life through our program and now is able to engage with his family in a way he couldn't before.

How do I Participate?

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 prediabetes. 

Only a doctor can diagnose you with prediabetes. The following test results are qualifiers for the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program.

  • Fasting plasma glucose between 100-125 mg/dL

  • Hemoglobin A1c between 5.7% and 6.4%

If you answer yes to at least two of the following criteria you may also be eligible for the program:

  • 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?

Click the button below to take our online risk assessment. 

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.


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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.