YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program - YMCA of Southwestern Indiana

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

You can 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. Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the program reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%.

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of one year starting with 16 weekly one-hour sessions. Topics include healthier eating, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more. After the initial 16 core sessions, participants meet monthly for added support to help them maintain their progress.

You do not need to be a YMCA member to participate. Click Here to download a brief overview of the program.

Am I at Risk?


Background & Results


Research & Resources


Program Maintenance

Program Goals:

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week
  • The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Class locations and times vary and are held throughout the Evansville area


For information, contact:
Health Initiatives Department