Diabetes Prevention Program

Almost 26 million Americans have diabetes – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. About 79 million adults in the United States have prediabetes. Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and gain tools for healthy living. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention 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 chances of developing the disease. This is a 12-month lifestyle behavior intervention with 16 core sessions followed by monthly maintenance sessions. The program is a life changer, with proven results. Based on research led by the National Institutes of Health, the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent!  Watch more here.

How it works:

Based on effective efforts researched by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program will help you learn about and adopt the healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. View the Woodson YMCA program booklet here.

We offer 16 core sessions with subsequent monthly support delivered over a 12 month period. Participants will learn strategies for eating healthier foods, increasing physical activity and making other changes that will improve overall health and well-being. The course is held in a small group setting.

Karen Lorbecke“I was tired of being a couch potato.”

Sitting in a room full of co-workers all committed to making healthier lifestyle changes this past winter at her Wausau workplace, Karen Lorbecke decided to put what she learned into practice at home. The mother of two sons and wife of a diabetic husband said her self assessment showed she was at “high risk” for diabetes. She has committed to walking daily in order to build up to the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week. Sometimes she walks on the trail near her Stevens Point home with her son. Karen said she was limited in the beginning to walk very far but she built up her stamina and has a lot more energy after she began regular walking.
“I keep trying to beat my previous week,” she said. Karen is able to track her activity with the Fitbit she wears. The weekly weigh-ins have kept her accountable, she said. Karen has lost about a pound per week and is on pace to beat her starting goal of 18 pounds in 16 weeks. She is paying close attention to portion sizes and being conscious about her food choices since starting the Diabetes Prevention Program. The class has given her a number of tips for cooking at home and dining out. She is applying what she learns each week in the DPP and said she hopes that she can share the knowledge with her entire family to help improve their health as well. – Karen Lorbecke, of Stevens Point

For more information about the program, financial assistance or to see if you qualify contact:
Becky Zelent, Active Older Adults Director at 715-841-1822 or email bzelent@woodsonymca.com. Contact the  Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance (DPCA) to check whether program is a covered benefit in your plan  1-800-237-4942

***Participants should either show prediabetes diagnosis from physician or have fasting blood/glucose level between 100-125 mg/dL or 2-hour plasma glucose between 140-199 mg/dL.