YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program
YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and blindness. Prediabetes is a potentially reversible condition that often leads to diabetes, and 86 million people in the United States are estimated to have it. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing the disease, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you develop a healthier lifestyle and work with you to reduce the risks this condition can pose to your health.

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. Through the program you will receive support and encouragement from both a trained lifestyle coach and fellow classmates as you develop a plan for improving and maintaining your overall well-being.

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Check with your doctor or medical provider to learn more about testing for your specific health status.

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to empower adults (18 and older) with lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and help reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Membership through the YMCA is not required to participate in this program. We serve four counties in the greater Portland-metro area and here to support all communities within this region.

To learn more about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program or if you are interested in partnering with our association to include this program as a covered benefit through your health plan(s) or employee benefits packages, please contact:

Maria Pfeifer
Diabetes Prevention Coordinator