Diabetes Prevention: Big Rewards, Small Steps

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is a community-based lifestyle improvement program for adults with pre-diabetes. Its purpose is to empower adults with lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing Type II diabetes.

Currently, diabetes affects nearly 26 million people. Another 79 million have pre-diabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes.

Research by the National Institute of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program reduce the number of new cases of diabetes by 58% overall and 71% in individuals over age 60.


Program Goals:

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Gradually increase physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week

Participants gather in a relaxed classroom setting and work together in small groups to learn how to incorporate healthier eating and moderate physical activity into their daily lives. They can prevent or delay the development of Type II diabetes when they are at high risk for the disease. The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program can help participants adopt and maintain these healthy habits to help improve overall health and well-being.



  • I am at least 18 years old
  • I am overweight (BMI ≥ 25: click here to calculate BMI)
  • I am at risk for developing Type II diabetes or have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes by a healthcare provider

Do I have one of the following lab values or diagnosis?

  • A1c: (must be 5.7% - 6.4%)
  • Fasting Plasma Glucose: (must be 100 - 125 mg/dL)
  • 2-hour (75 gm glucola) Plasma Glucose: (must be 140 - 199 mg/dL)
  • Pre-diabetes determined by clinical diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) during previous pregnancy


Am I at risk for developing diabetes?
Pre-diabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not yet diabetes. Type II diabetes can be delayed or prevented in people with pre-diabetes through effective lifestyle programs. Take the first step. Find out your risk for pre-diabetes.

Take the test - Know your score!

Answer these seven questions - for each "Yes" answer, add the number of points listed.

Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth?10
Do you have a parent with diabetes?10
Do you have a brother or sister with diabetes?10
Is your BMI≥ 25 (use the calculator above)?50
Are you younger than 65 years of age & get little or no physical activity in a typical day?50
Are you between 45 and 65 years of age?50
Are you 65 years of age or older?90

Total points for all "Yes" responses. If your "yeses" scored 9 or higher, then you may be at risk for pre-diabetes 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.


Please contact Cara Green at 978-685-3541 ext. 134 or cgreen@mvymca.org for more information about the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program.